Actor Yul Edochie has condemned in no uncertain terms the decision by some comedians to make a joke out of the last hours of Jesus Christ.
Registering his displeasure on Twitter, the Nollywood star argued that the act was disrespectful hence should not be encouraged.
He said: “Seen a couple of comedians making a joke out of the last hours of Jesus Christ. It is wrong. Totally unacceptable. Even if you have no respect for anyone at all, certainly not your maker. Fear and respect our Lord Almighty, our creator, Lord Jesus Christ.”
His post has sparked conversation on social media as several of his followers agree with him. According to them, he couldn’t have said it better. Some commenters stressed that the saddest aspect of the matter is the fact that some Christians are guilty. They intimated that Muslims would never crack jokes about Prophet Mohammed.
Honestly, some of our Christian comedians are disgrace to Christianity. Is rare to see a Muslim comedian making mockery or cracking jokes with prophet Muhammad.
— Poskey18 (@Poskey18) April 22, 2019
God bless you my brother. The very sacred things we venerate should not become the grist for profane jokes.
— Baron von Geoff (@BaronvonGeoff1) April 22, 2019
what do you expect from people who don’t understand thé mystery of the cross. My people perish because of lack of knowledge
— Ejiogu Divine (@EjioguDivine) April 22, 2019
That’s why many of them end up begging money when struck with sicknesses, some die anyhow, they are joking with the consuming fire, ok!
— Bright Wealth (@RIbechukwu) April 22, 2019
Point is you can’t hear or see any other comedian who is not a Christian joke about dia own prophets the way we joke about our own. It’s bad
— G-Mony Events (@Tosdanladi) April 22, 2019
We Christians most times makes joke of everything, we don’t know where to draw d line
— Maureen Ogbonna (@reenogbonna) April 22, 2019
I totally agree with you
People may not believe in God or religion but certainly they should respect the Holy one
— Bala Maiyaki (@Baltona) April 22, 2019
You don’t make a joke about people’s faith. It’s unacceptable. Ditto their family and children etc. Some things should be out of bounds.
— Nkem4eva (@nwaegbe_nkem) April 22, 2019
That is what grace has brought to us today, as soon as you does that in time of Moses l mean during the time of law; you will be stoned to death, grace is still at work yes! But there is judgement.
— Stanley Uwakwe Ahamefula (@UwakweAhamefula) April 22, 2019
That the generation we are in now, we don’t respect our earthly parent talk more of the supreme being not seen. God help us pls.
— Ayo Joseph (@dejimary2) April 21, 2019
Jesus Christ deserves all the respect. In fact we should carry our worries to him in prayer. But he is not the Almighty God. Know this today and be free.
— Sunday Chinedu (@unltdsuccour) April 23, 2019
What happened during Jesus’ last hours before His death?
The night before Jesus’ death, He washed the feet of His disciples and shared the Passover meal with them. During this time Judas was revealed as the one who would betray His master (John 13:1-30). At the conclusion of the meal, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26–29; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26). After the meal, He took His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. There, He pulled Peter, John, and James away, told them to pray they wouldn’t fall into temptation, and went off by Himself. The trio promptly fell asleep.
Alone, Jesus was grieved and depressed, sorrowful as He approached death. His sweat fell like drops of blood (Luke 22:44)—His anguish was such that His life was practically dripping away from Him. He asked God to take the coming torment from Him, but only if it was the Father’s will (Luke 22:42). But it wasn’t the anticipation of scourging or the horrible hours on the cross that had Jesus so sorrowful. What had Him crying out in the garden was the anticipation of carrying the weight of sin (Matthew 27:46).
God sent an angel to strengthen Him enough to get through it. Jesus asked Peter, James, and John to pray that they would stay loyal to Him, but they fell asleep again. He had shared His life and His coming death with His disciples for three years. Then one of them, Judas, walked up to Him, greeted Him as a friend, and handed Him to the Roman guards.
The next few hours were a blur of beatings, mockings, and whippings with leather thongs tipped with balls of metal and shards of bone. Jesus’ skin was flayed off, and blood dripped off His head from the long thorns in His crown. He also suffered the humiliation of numerous illegal mock trials before Annas (John 18:13), Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26:57–68); and Roman trials before Pontius Pilate, then Herod, then Pilate again. Pilate, who knew Jesus was innocent, finally bent to the will of the crowd who were shouting, “Crucify him!” and sent Jesus to the cross (Luke 23:1–25).
Once on the cross, He had the choice of resting His weight on the spikes driven into His hands or pushing up on the spikes in His feet and being able to breathe. People who had celebrated Him a week earlier now taunted Him. He watched the Roman soldiers divide His possessions before He died. And He took in His mother’s grief as she looked up at the One the angel had promised would save the world. When the soldiers came to break His legs (a typical method of hastening the death of the crucified), He was already dead, for He had given up His spirit (John 19:30).