Eliud Wekesa, popularly known as Yesu wa Tongaren, revealed on Friday, April 7 that he was forced to turn to the Bible to fend off unknown individuals pushing for his crucifixion during Good Friday.
Speaking at his home town in Bungoma Wekesa noted that some individuals had encroached on his property bearing a wooden cross and nails in preparation for crucifying him just like what happened to Jesus Christ in the Bible on Good Friday.
He said he was forced to use the Bible teachings to tell them off and admonish them for what he termed as blasphemy.
“We don’t commemorate Easter, it is not accepted at the doors of Jerusalem, meaning that people want to march in the spirit of carrying wooden crosses to mimic the crucifixion of Jesus. I even saw a person of Muslim religion carrying nails on the way here. I had to tell him that no one should be baited, you reap whatever you sow,” he stated.
Wekesa further rubbished calls to have him crucified just like Jesus, arguing that it is not yet the Easter holiday according to his faith which has it slated for July, and not April.
To prove his point, he explained that the current period marked globally by Christians as a remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus did not fall in the same timeline in the Gregorian calendar as that of the Jews.
“I have my Easter in July which we observe according to the teachings from the Book of Exodus 12: 21-28, The Word says we should be cautious to avoid copying Western cultures; I have cautioned my followers in regard to this Easter” he said.
Wekesa grabbed the country’s attention after claiming that he signified the much-talked-about second coming of the Messiah, further noting that he had performed miracles, bragging about transforming drinking water into a cup of tea and having a group of 12 disciples.
Kenyans could not help but make fun of his pronouncements, with some suggesting he should suffer the same fate as Jesus did in the Bible, crucifixion.
During Easter celebrations, Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter holiday is one of the holidays in the Gregorian calendar where the faithful take part in a variety of activities to commemorate their day.
It begins on Palm Sunday, the Sunday preceding Easter, which marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. However, unlike Christmas, which is celebrated on the same date every year (December 25), Easter is a moveable feast, meaning that its date changes every year, and it can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25.
Easter holidays are always celebrated over weekends but the exact date changes every year because it is linked to the Jewish holiday of Passover, which is based on the lunar calendar.
According to Christian minister Mary Fairchild, the lunar calendar is based on the phases of the moon, and it’s about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar we use for our everyday lives.
Crucifixion last used as recently as the 20th century, was a method of capital punishment in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross or beam and left to hang until eventual death. It was used as a punishment by the Persians, Carthaginians and Romans, among others.