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‘Why Christians Celebrate Good Friday’

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A renowned scholar, Justin Holcomb once asked: “Why do we call Good Friday good when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death of Jesus?”
For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the whole of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised from death, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive marking point for all creation.
Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and was raised from the death to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the scriptures (1st Corintians 15:3).
On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins (1st John 1:10) it is followed by Easter the glories celebration of the day Jesus was raised from the dead, heralding his victory over sin and death and pointing ahead to a future resurrection for all who are united to him by faith (Romans 6:5).
Still, why call the day of Jesus’ death good Friday, instead of ‘bad Friday’ or something similar? Some Christian traditions do take this approach. In Germany for example the day is called ‘harfreitag’ or ‘sorrowful Friday in English, infact the origin of the term good is debated. Some believe it developed from an older name ‘God’s Friday’.
Regardless of the origin, the name good Friday is entirely appropriate because the suffering and death of Jesus as terrible as it was, marked the dramatic culmination of God’s plan to save his people from further sins.
In order for the good news of the gospel to have meaning for us, we first have to understand the bad news of our condition as sinful people under condemnation. The goodness of deliverance only make sense once we see how we are enslaved. Another way of saying this is that it is important to understand and distinguish between law and gospel in scripture. We need the law first to show us low hopeless our condition is, then the gospel of Jesus, grace comes and brings us relief and salvation.
In the same good Friday is good because as terrible as that day was, it had to happen for us to receive the joy of Easter. The wrath of God against sin had to be poured out to the nations in that awful day of suffering, sorrow and Jesus blood on the cross.

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Guns Should Be Legalised In Nigeria – Iyabo Ojo

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Popular Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo has stressed the need for guns to be legalizeds in Nigeria to deal with child molesters.
The mother of two made this known while reacting to a video posted by comedienne, Princess, on her Instagram page.
Princess, whose foster daughter was allegedly sexually abused by Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha, shared a video of a four-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by her teacher.
Alongside the video, Princess wrote: “Abuse of minors has become the new trend in Nigeria and only a few people are speaking up. Even in the animal kingdom, it’s not this bad. Our society stigmatises, even threatening victims and their parents, while the perpetrators like Baba Ijesha walk freely.
“Our children are being destroyed daily and most people see it as cruise.”
Reacting, Iyabo Ojo made it clear that anyone who messes with her children will be dealt with.
The mother of two wrote: “Can they just legalise guns because some demons need to be taken out as soon as possible?

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Comedian AY, Wife Welcome Second Child After 13 Years

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Popular Comedian, Ayodeji Makun, also known as AY, has welcomed his second child after13 years.
He announced this in a video shared on his Instagram page.
The birth of their second child is coming thirteen years after they had their first child, Michelle.
Alongside a video, AY wrote: “Our prayers in the last 13 years has been answered. Ayomide, thank you for making Mabel and I ‘Mummy and Daddy’ again.
“Thank you for making Michelle a big sister. Thanks to everyone who kept us in their prayers and never stopped feeding us with positive vibes.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.
“God’s time is the best.”

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Living In Nigeria Becoming Crazier – Basket Mouth’s Wife

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Elsie Okpocha, wife of popular Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basket Mouth has called out President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the increment in prices of groceries and foodstuffs.
Basket Mouth’s wife, in a recent post said is unfair that Nigerians have to constantly deal with the regular increase in prices.
According to her, it’s getting ‘crazier trying to survive in the ‘Giant of Africa’.
She urged the Buhari-led government to help Nigerians by making life livable.
On her Instagram story, she wrote: “Our dear government, do you want us all to leave this country for you.
“It’s unfair how we constantly have to deal with the regular price increment of foodstuffs and groceries.
“It’s getting crazier trying to survive in this country that’s supposed to be the giant of Africa.
“Abeg you people should help us and make life in Nigeria livable .”
The Tide source gathered that the prices of foodstuffs in the past few months have continued to increase in markets across the country.
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to lament the cost of eggs, bread, beans and other foodstuffs.

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