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Children celebrate their day

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, April 14, 2014

PALM Sunday is about Christians connecting with their faith history and is a time to reflect on their own lives, said Reverend James Bhagwan at the Dudley Methodist Church yesterday.

Mr Bhagwan said in Fiji, Methodists around the country were also celebrating Children's Sunday and it was a way of getting children to engage with the faith history that Christians have followed for many years.

"The message from our children today (Sunday) was that we are called to live a life of repentance, of righteousness and of holiness and to step away from being hypocritical," he said.

"We need to come back and see what is important in our lives during this special day."

Mr Bhagwan said Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday were events that reminded Christians of what took place 2000 years ago — Jesus' entry to Jerusalem, his arrest, torture, crucifixion and the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

"It reminds us not only of God's love for us but the fact that God entered into our lives, rescued us from the bond of sin and renewed his covenant with us through the blood of his own son.

"The crowd on Palm Sunday as Jesus entered Jerusalem was cheering for him when he entered the city but only a few days later they turned their backs on him and they criticised him.

"Perhaps it is also a message for our aspiring politicians as we approach the election time, during campaign they will hear a lot of good things but they have to prepare themselves for what comes after as well."

Mr Bhagwan said for Christians it was a time to realign their lives with the "Jesus way".

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