“What is Easter? I have never heard of it before.”
This question shocked me. Who hasn’t heard of Easter?
I was sitting in a class in Germany. My wife and I had been studying German for several months with people from all over the world. The teacher announced that the class would not meet Friday or Monday because of the Easter holiday. The young man who asked me about Easter was from Japan. We had been sitting next to each other for weeks but, never talked about much other than the language class itself.
When the class went on break, I talked with him about the story of Jesus — his death and his rising from the dead.
“Do you believe this?” He asked.
I was able to share the story of how Christ changed my life.
That one question: “What is Easter?” started a friendship that lasted the rest of the semester. He showed me how to roll sushi. He asked a few more questions. I talked about Christ.
To my knowledge, he never gave his life to Jesus. However, he did hear and he did have the opportunity to decide. For the first time in his life, he got to know a Christian and heard the story of God’s love.That one question: “What is Easter?” started a friendship that lasted the rest of the semester... For the first time in his life, he got to know a Christian and heard the story of God’s love. Click To Tweet
This is Passion Week. This is the week that we reflect upon the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time for Christians to deepen our faith in Christ and remember the great things he has done for us.
This is Easter Week. Even those who do not know about, or believe in Jesus, will be thinking. Some will be open. Some, those who are new to our country or those who have not had an encounter with Christianity, may be curious about the reason for this season.
Let’s be determined to take advantage of the calendar. The times and the seasons are ordered by God. With a little creativity and intentionality, we might share Christ with someone for the very first time.Let’s be determined to take advantage of the calendar. The times and the seasons are ordered by God. With a little creativity and intentionality, we might share Christ with someone for the very first time. Click To Tweet
Here are a couple of opening lines – Try one – in fact, see if you can use them all!
1. How do you all celebrate Easter?
2. Do you go to church anywhere for Easter?
3. My church is having a _________ (name the event), want to come? (Afterward talk about it together)
4. I read the other day (you read it here) that some people don’t realize the purpose of Easter. What do you think about it?
Let us know how it goes. We pray your faith will be deepened as you reflect on what Christ has done for you AND because you are seeking to share it with others.