Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is optimistic that 2020 will be Nigeria’s best year.
He spoke on Wednesday after worshiping on Christmas day at the Olive Tree Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Banana Island, Lagos.
Prof. Osinbajo was joined by his wife, Dolapo; mother, Madam Olusbisi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, Adeyinka Asekun, among others.
“Only to say a very merry Christmas and that 2020 will be our best year yet,” was Vice President Osinbajo’s message to Nigerians.
In his sermon, the Pastor of the Olive Tree Parish and former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, spoke on the significance of the day and what it should mean to Christians.
With a text taken from the book of Prophet Isaiah 9: 6-7, Enelamah, who titled his message: “Why Christmas is a big deal,” explained that the birth of Christ was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesy about the birth of the messiah about 700 years before Christ was born.
Going into the content of the prophesy, Enelamah said that the “throne names” given by the Prophet Isaiah to Christ before he was born showed that his birth was to fulfill the plans of God for the salvation of mankind.
According to him, the names: “Wonderful Counselor,” “Everlasting Father,” “Prince of Peace” and “Mighty God” given by Prophet Isaiah, defined the kingdom for which Christ came and lived among men.
“As we celebrate Christmas today, the question to you and the question to me is: ‘Who is Jesus to you’?”
“Have you accepted him? The bible says to all who believe and accepted him, to them he gave right to become children of God.
“And you have to be sincere; you have to honest to yourself and ask yourself, have I truly accepted Jesus. ”
Pastor Enelamah prayed that Christians would have a personal encounter with Christ to enable them to appreciate the essence of his birth.
He reminded Christians that the world was passing away and admonished them not to put much hope on what they possess in the world.
The cleric urged Nigerians not to lose faith because of the present physical realities in Nigeria.
“Like the angel said to Mary in Luke Chapter 1 verse 37, for with God nothing is impossible. If God has said it, he has the power to make it happen.
“For our God indeed is the way maker; he is a miracle worker.
“How can we experience the new Nigeria that we crave given that the odds seem to be so stacked against us?
“The answer is the zeal of the Lord who made a promise to perform it.”
Enelamah said that Christmas is a story of huge promise made and kept by God.