Christians in the Sakumono Estates community celebrated Good Friday with a joint church service as part of the Easter festivities. In a spirit of ecumenism, members of the Christians community from the Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist Church traditions embarked on procession in the late afternoon from their respective church premises and later converged at the Bethel School Park where a non-denominational Divine Service was held.
The aim of the joint service was to in unity proclaim the gospel to the community and also foster closer relationships among the different Christian denominations in the community. The scripture reading for the day was John 19:30 and was read in English, Twi, Ga, Ewe, Dangbe, and Dagari by representatives of the three denominations.
Preaching the sermon on the theme; “It is finished”, the Sakumono District Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev Emmanuel Obeng Ntow explained that these three English words, “It is finished” uttered by Jesus is but one word in the original Greek language, tetelestai. He said that word was perhaps the single greatest word ever spoken to show the world the greatness of Jesus, stressing that Tetelestai means finished, accomplished.
Rev Obeng Ntow noted that throughout the Bible, blood is featured and used to signify sacrifice and atonement of sins, adding that without the blood of Jesus there is no forgiveness of sin. He said as Christians, we know that Jesus won the victory for us at Calvary. He said Jesus Christ defeated death adding that as Christians, even though we will die, we will live.
Rev Obeng Ntow said on that day also Christ overcame sin as depicted by the pitch- black darkness that engulfed the earth handing out the certificate of defeat to sin with the declaration of the word, It is finished. He, therefore, urged Christians to uphold the meaning of the last word uttered by Jesus on the cross since it marks the end of helplessness and hopelessness.