Sunrise Service marks Easter Sunday in Kohima

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/21/2019 11:51:03 AM IST

To mark the beginning of Easter Sunday, Kohima Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship (KBPF) organised the annual Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at the World War-II cemetery here at 5 am on Sunday. Hundreds of people, including those from other dominations, gathered at the historic war cemetery to celebrate the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ. 

In his Easter message, Asia Pacific Baptist Federation general secretary Rev Vesekhoyi Tetseo said Christ had triumphed over death and resurrection was available for all those who repent. He remarked, “We must acknowledges our shortcomings and seek God’s mercy today.”  

Quoting biblical verse from Romans 3:10-12, he stated “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

While reminding the gathering that Christ’s crucification was not because of the crime like that of the two thieves who were cursed, but it was love that crucified Him.  

He also urged the people to go out and spread the word of Christ, even as he reminded the congregation that despite the increase of Christianity in Asia, there are millions in Asia and the world who need the gospel. “It is you, me who must spread the gospel,” he exhorted.

In his message, Kohima Village Council chairman Dr Neiphi Kire said Easter was a time for celebration, a celebration for resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

He added that Christians all over the world celebrate the rising of Christ on this day. 

Commenting on the location of the service, Kire said a place like this was meaningful as the area witnessed thousands of people who had sacrificed their lives during the fierce battle of Kohima.  

He said people in Nagaland enjoy freedom of religion unlike some other countries. “We should be grateful to God that we are free to worship God as we like,” he added. 

Earlier, the service was led by KBPF president Dr Kevichalie Metha, scripture reading and prayer by pastor Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo, Tiatoshi Longkumer, Nagamese Baptist Churches, Kohima Area (Youth) and Kohima Town Baptist Women Union presented special songs on the occasion.

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