2019年04月10日

April 2019 monthly message “Changing the death to life”

Changingthe death to life

The Easter message, April 2019


There is a famous novelist, Souseki Natsume who is known among most Japanese.  His famous works are Botchan and Wagahai ha neko dearu (I am a CAT).” He is a novelist with full of wits and humor.  When he was 48 years old, he lost his beloved daughter.  He wrote this in his diary.

The last night was her memorial service, and today is the funeral.  So tomorrow, we will collect her bones so busy.  However all these effort mean nothing.  If we could not change death to life, everything we do is meaningless.  How regretful it is!


Instead of being a famous novelist, we see him as a father who feels sorrow and grief.  And the diary clearly expresses feelings which we also sympathize.  The death is the most sad and helpless thing in our life.


However when we read the Bible, we find the words of Jesus Christ who can change the death to life which Souseki Natsume grieved and hoped for.  


I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. (John 11:25, NIV)


It is such a surprising word, but Jesus himself had conqueredthe death and being resurrected.  You may say it is unbelievable, and your reaction is normal.  Even the disciples of Jesus themselves could not believe it then.  Yet they witnessed Jesus resurrection and physically touched him.  This changed them, and started to spread the resurrection of Christ with confidence, even being killed for it.  If this was just a fake story, the Christianity never prevailed as now, and disappeared much earlier in the history.  Jesus is the one who has the authority to change the death to life.


I have been a pastor for over 40 years, and had stood by at the moment of death many times.  There is a great difference if a person has a hope for the eternal life or not.  I invite you to a church, and find out the thing that changes the death to life, and find a peace in your life.


Senior Pastor 

Masao Nakanishi

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