I made mum’s coffin while she was alive, reveals Adeboye
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, today reenacted the episode of Arch Bishop Thomas Becket in T.S Eliot’s book: ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ when he said that one can only die when his time has come and that when such time comes, he has little or nothing to do to stop it.
The General Overseer, who cautioned against the growing fear of death even among Christians, revealed that he overcame fear of death long ago, after he had to make a coffin and a wedding dress for his mother while she was still alive and well.
While delivering a ministration as part of the mission’s monthly thanksgiving service for the month of May with the topic: ‘Why we should thank God’, especially at a time like this when the entire world is being afflicted by the dreaded coronavirus, which has claimed almost 500,000 lives across the globe, he noted that God deserves thanks from Christians for the events of the Calvary that brought about salvation to mankind.
According to him, another reason why God should be praised and thanked, among several others was for the victory He gave to His son, Jesus over death, wondering why many Christians are still afraid of death.
Citing Revelation 1:18, which says: “I am he that liveth, and was dead and behold, I am alive for ever more Amen; and have the keys of hell and death”, he said he had lost fear of death several years ago.
” l lost fear of death several years ago after I made a coffin for my mother while she was still alive and well. She called me one day and said; my son, the way you are going, I am afraid you may not be around for my burial.
“But I want you to do something for me. I want you to make my coffin and a wedding dress where I will be buried. So, I called one of my daughters, ànd she made a beautiful white wedding dress. We also made a beautiful coffin for her, the type that you open by the side. She wore the wedding dress and lay in the coffin and then came out and said everything was beautiful and we went and kept them and after that, I lost fear of death, also since Christ had conquered the power of death.
Buttressing why people should not be afraid of death any longer since no one has the power to evade or postpone his death when the time comes, he shared the testimony of a little boy, whose intestine was pierced by a stray bullet while sitting in the mission’s school bus.
The G.O said: ” Those of you that are old may remember this testimony that took place when we were still at Ebute -Meta. You know then around the 1980s, we used to run a school ànd because the ‘kia kia bus’ with which we pick the children from their homes was small, sometimes, some of the children sit on the dashboard facing the driver.
“On that particular day, a boy was sitting on the dashboard and around Oyingbo, there was a stray bullet, which pierced the windsscreen, pierced the boy’s back, pierced his intestine and came out from the front. He was taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH, and when the docctors saw the perforated intestine being held by the teacher, they concluded that there was no need wasting time on him, having lost so much blood.
“But when they saw that he was still breathing one hour after they arrived the hospital with all the hold up in that area then, the doctors decided to give it a trial and the boy is alive till today. There is no need to be afraid of death because it will not come when it is not your time and when it is your time, there is nothing you can do”.
While speaking on the COVID-19 pandemic, he declared that the country was on its to recovery, insisting that the reason people go through the virus and recover was because Christ hàs already taken 40 stripes of the cane, one for the 39 categories of sickness that exist on the face of the earth and the 40th one for any other disease that might come later including the coronavirus.
He however urged the faithfuls to observe all the regulations of the government and health authorities in relation to maintaining very high level of personal hygiene, use of face masks and observing social distancing to help curtail the spread of the virus in the country.