Jan 4, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is always a wonderful time for evangelism in Japan. People want to experience Christmas and thus are very open. About 130 people attended this year's Japan Chi Alpha Christmas event. This year it was a jazz concert with Steve Sacks, an American saxophone player who is also a Christian. Many people who were first-time visitors/non-Christians responded how touched they were during the evening.

Also, this year the Japanese version of "The Nativity" movie has been released in the theaters in Japan. According to one missionary, non-Christians have been very moved seeing this movie.

Yesterday I read an article from which I'd like to share an excerpt:

"Jesus Christ is all in all. This is the testimony of Scripture. Moses, by whom came the Law, testified that grace and truth would come by Christ. He is portrayed in Genesis as the Promised See, the Isaac who was not spared, the Joseph sold by his brethren and exalted as Savior and Prince.

"He is the sacrificial Lamb of Exodus, the Perfect Offering of Leviticus, the Sin-Bearer of Numbers, and the all-sufficient Guide of Deuteronomy.

"Throughout the Psalms, the Prophets, the four Gospels, the Acts, and the Epistles, Christ is all in all. Little wonder that the millions of the glory world join with loud voices in proclaiming, 'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!' (Revelation 5:12)."

He is the One in whom we live, move, and have our being. As we go about our activities during the holidays, may we be mindful that we are preparing for that day when all the nations will come and worship Him not as a baby but as the King of kings and Lord of lords. May the Lord richly bless you and your family.

Have a blessed 2008!