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CHOMA CELEBRATES PALM SUNDAY

By Nathaniel Lowa in CHOMA

A Depiction of Jesus Christ entering JerusalemNew Apostolic Church Christians proclaim the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the most important part of their Christianity. It’s on this basis that Christians celebrate and remember the day when Jesus Christ entered the city of Jerusalem. This is referred to as Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of the Passion Week. The name Palm Sunday came about as a representation of the palm branches which were scattered in front of Jesus as He rode on a donkey into Jerusalem.

 

According to Catechism of the New Apostolic Church, Palm Sunday is a remembrance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the occasion of the Jewish feast of Passover.

 

This is a Jewish holiday were Jews commemorated their liberation from slavery by God in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

 

District Apostle Ndandula during service at Muzoka congregation on the 24th of March, 2018On the eve of Palm Sunday, District Apostle Charles Ndandula conducted a divine service at Muzoka congregation in Southern Province, Zambia on the 24th of March, 2018. For this divine service, he read from Mark 9:2 – 7 as the text word: “Now after six days, Jesus took Peter, James and John and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves and He was transfigured before them. His clothes became shining, exceedingly white like snow such as no launderer on earth can whiten them and Elijah appeared to them with Moses and they were talking with Jesus then Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here and let us make three tabernacles, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah,’ because he did not know what to say for they were greatly afraid and a cloud came and overshadowed them and a voice came out of the cloud saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, Hear Him.”

 

Members during service at Muzhoka congregation on 24th March, 2018District Apostle Ndandula began the sermon by pausing a question to the members, “We go through so many things in life but what is it that consoles us as children of God?”

 

The District Apostle explained that all the challenges children of God go through will one day come to an end, because Jesus consoles and cares for them.

 

Furthermore he added that the Lord Jesus Christ has good intentions for God’s children and that the prayers from other brothers and sisters in the congregation also bring consolation.

 

In line with the celebration of Passover, the District Apostle emphasized the need to trust the Lord: “We must trust our Lord and have complete faith in Him because He went through a lot to redeem us.”

 

Muzoka church in Southern Province after service with District Apostle Ndandula on 24th March, 2018District Apostle Ndandula made reference to the presence of Elijah and Moses at the mountain of transfiguration as an indication that the salvation Jesus Christ brought is both for the dead and the living.

 

Lastly he wound up the sermon by reminding the members of the coming of Jesus: “Our bodies will also be transfigured and we will be where we want to be but still looking up to God and all this will happen when the Lord comes. He will not teach again but He will come to take those who are ready and mature in the Lord.”

 

The service at Muzoka church was attended by 1314 members.

 

The District Apostle’s visit to Southern Province did not end at Muzoka. He then proceeded to Choma where he held another divine service at Choma Central Church on Sunday 25th March, 2018. This was a special service where 101 confirmands received the blessing of confirmation.

 

Choma Central Church in Southern ProvinceConfirmation according to Catechism of the New Apostolic Church is the act of blessing in which young New Apostolic Christians take upon themselves the obligations which their parents undertook on their behalf at their baptism and sealing.

 

The age of confirmation varies depending on the religious maturity and/or the stage in life at which adolescents are generally able to assess the consequences of their actions on their own and assume responsibility for their life of faith.

 

The confirmands answer the question as to whether they intend to remain faithful to God with a “YES” followed by reciting of the confirmation vow, then they receive the confirmation blessing through the laying on of hands by the officiant.

 

District Apostle Ndandula laying hands on confirmands during service at Choma central on 25th March, 2018District Apostle Ndandula, for this special service which was equally a celebration of Palm Sunday, read from Zechariah 9:9 as the text word: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming to you, He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 

For this special Palm Sunday service, a bible reading was read by a sister before the sermon could commence. The reading was from Luke 19: 28 – 40.

 

The District Apostle began the sermon by making reference to the entrance of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

 

“Some people had other interests from Jesus when He entered Jerusalem and those interests were their own personal gain and not for the service of the Lord, that spirit dear beloveds is still in existence today.”

 


An appointed sister reading the bible reading during Palm Sunday service at Choma central on 25th March, 2018He further encouraged the members to have a desire to serve the Lord first, before their own personal gains. Apart from that, District Apostle Charles Ndandula emphasized on the coming of Jesus Christ and its significance.

 

“Jesus fed the hungry and helped many but even so, He told them that those things are transitory because He’s coming was to spiritually uplift them. The coming of Jesus Christ dear brothers and sisters was not to help us in transit and yes He can but He’s main purpose was to spiritually uplift us from our spiritual distress.”

 

He further explained who Jesus is. “Our Lord Jesus Christ is just and incorruptible. He also grants righteousness to all because He wants all to be saved freely including the forgiveness of sin.”

 

Confirmands receiving their confirmation certificates from the District Apostle on 25th March, 2018 in ChomaThe District Apostle was quick to mention to the members that Jesus wants to save them so that they may attain salvation. He also explained that the riding of a donkey into Jerusalem symbolizes how humble Jesus is “The Lord is just because He gives access to salvation to all human beings of all times through, word, Holy baptism and sealing”, he said.

 

In winding up, the District Apostle encouraged the members to equally be like Jesus. “Let us also be just, like Jesus was, let us not hold on to things that are perishable because things of this world are temporal. Dear beloveds let us always feel the presence of God in every divine service and allow him to lead us to the goal of our faith.”

 

This special divine service was attended by 3,214 members. The District Apostle then in the afternoon presented the confirmation certificates to the 101 confirmed youths.