We honor our country by doing the impossible. Doing the usual things that can be done in our legal and social life does not reflect our respect for the country.
He wants to be degraded. Respect involves doing what is right in our own eyes. Adam destroyed it. He was sentenced to death by hanging.
Many cows and sheep were sacrificed to make atonement for Adam’s suffering. Many fathers have made sacrifices.
But it did not happen. This was the traditional and legal way to travel. But Christ did the impossible, and He humbly saved Adam.
Before Christ was born to save us, no one tried to take away Adam’s sin-covered garment. Christ unconditionally took the yoke of Adam’s sin and delivered Him from suffering; He took off his outer garment and replaced it with a permanent, unblemished garment. Ethiopia today needs someone to bear its burdens, to accept its sufferings, to lift it up. We must know that light does not come to our grandchildren without accepting the suffering of Ethiopia, without seeing the humiliation, without seeing the heights of our country, without visiting the darkness. When we do this, we may not receive the rewards and the praise, the honor and the glory that we so desperately need. That does not mean, however, that our work is hidden from view. Although we do not praise him for our good deeds today, he will certainly be inspired tomorrow; Even if we do not speak it, others will.
When Jesus Christ came to be baptized by John, he did not speak. The people there did not know who was going to be baptized with them. While he was silent, three witnesses were heard. John testified: The Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove; The Father testified in the cloud. It is humility that takes us out of the “I” mentality. It is humility that sets us free from pride and arrogance.
Let’s come down for Ethiopia. Come, let us humble ourselves for the sake of our poor people; Come, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. Come, let us humble ourselves for the sake of the poor. We do not measure our work by the pride of our enemies, but by the salvation of our country. Let us go down from our heights; Let us renounce the possible revenge and sing the unforgivable forgiveness, Let us keep our senses; Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Let us bear our burdens, Let’s talk about it, Let us sacrifice our honor for the sake of our country. Let us show our love, humility and respect for our country and our people. For the sake of Ethiopia, let’s show the invisible; Let’s do the impossible. Let us know that we will not go our own way and save our country.
Note that another way to celebrate the Feast of Baptism is to make our country unique in the world. When baptism comes, Ethiopia will shine. The influx of believers and visitors from all over the world is not insignificant. Ethiopians living abroad and those of Ethiopian descent who have recently arrived in our country have both longed for the social gatherings that take place during the festivities. Ethiopia is a country of many cultures, religious traditions and historical heritage. Baptism, in addition to its religious significance, is our intangible heritage. With this in mind, if we work side by side with tourism, the festival will undoubtedly increase the attractiveness and economic contribution of our country.
Again, I wish it a happy Easter and Baptism.
May Ethiopia be ashamed and honored by the efforts of her children and live forever !!
God bless Ethiopia and its people!
January 18, 2022