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Nagaland celebrates Easter; KBPF holds Sunrise Service

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Kohima, March 31: Nagaland joined in celebrating Easter, also known as Resurrection Sunday with religious fervor as believers thronged the Sunrise Service at The Heritage, Old DC Bungalow here.
Easter Sunday marks the triumph of Jesus Christ over death on the third-day after being crucified on Good Friday.
Multitude of believers irrespective of denomination and age congregated to celebrate the joyous occasion organized by the Kohima Baptist Pastors Fellowship (KBPF) at the Heritage.
They offered prayers of thanksgiving for redeeming humankind from the clutches of sin.
The congregation, led by State Chaplain Rev J. W. Yamyap Konyak also prayed for Christians persecuted across the country and also sought God’s wisdom on the Assam Government, which has passed the Assam Healing (Prevention of Evil) Practices Bill, 2024′.
Rev Konyak said Christians do not practice magic but the healing comes from God through prayers.
The clergyman also extended Easter greetings saying that the celebration is about the empty tomb, because of which the Church exists as Jesus Christ has risen from death.
Delivering the Easter message, KBPF president, Rev Vezopa Rhakho said the death of Jesus Christ at the cross and resurrecting from the death has given a new meaning to life of mankind.
He said that His resurrection empowers the Christians to live a victorious and reasonable life.
Resurrection is the heart of the Gospel and there would be no Christianity without it, he said.
The crucifixion of Christ at the cross and His resurrection has redeemed mankind from the bondage of evil force, he said.
The speaker stated that the doctrine of resurrection is the heart of the Bible adding that without which there is no Christianity as it had testified that Jesus Christ is the true son of God.
Chaired by Pastor of Sangtam Baptist Church Rev Thsadongsa Sangtam the programme commenced with prayer by Pastor of Poumai Baptist Church Kohima, Rev Thaongaoloü Rosü.
Sümi Aphuyemi Baptist Church Kohima and Kohima Ao Baptist Arogo enthralled the gathering with special praise while Pastor of Lotha Baptist Church Rev Benry Lotha offered benediction.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister & BJP Legislature Party leader, Yanthungo Patton extended warm greetings to the citizens on the occasion.
“Jesus’ greatest act of love on Good Friday is followed by the greatest act of power on Easter Sunday, which is His resurrection. May the miracle of Easter bring renewed love, hope and joy in our livers. I wish everyone a Happy and blessed Easter,” Chief Minister Rio said.
“A blessed Easter to all! As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and His triumph over death and sin, let us rejoice in the promise of eternal life through Christ’s sacrifice. May this day remind us all of the power of love, forgiveness and new beginnings. Wishing everyone peace, joy and unity!” said Deputy CM Patton.
Meanwhile, during the day, churches across the state held special Easter services and exchanged greetings praising the Lord.
(Page News Service)