“Chicago,” said one eager student.
“No, not even in the right country,” I answered.
“New York?” said another eager but equally confused student.
“No, try again,” (laughing and drawing a map on the board) I answered.
“Miami, with Dwayne Wade!” said one student enthusiastically from the back row.
“No, still in the wrong country.” I said, as I pointed to my hastily drawn map of the world.
Then, like an avalanche, cities from all over the world were blurted out.
The map hadn’t helped.
As easy the answer is to most of us, most Chinese people can’t tell you where Jesus Christ was born.
Jesus of Nazareth
I had asked the question, “Where was Jesus born?” during a culture class about Christmas. To be sure, the answers they gave were not what I expected. However, these questions led into a lengthy discussion about Jesus, creation, the Bible, and salvation. They were shocked to hear that Christianity didn’t start in New York City but in a small village in Israel. To most of my students, Jesus was as real as Santa Claus or as plausible as the creation narrative. To them he was a candy bar, a Buick, or Pizza Hut — he was imported from the West.
Jesus for China
Just yesterday we broadcast the sermon, “Does Jesus Live In China” from the series “Truth on Fire.” This message focuses on Galatians 5:19-26 and the choice Christians have to live according to the flesh or according to the Spirit. We hope this broadcast reaches Christians throughout the nation and encourages them to live in such a way that Christ would be seen in China. May our brothers and sisters live in the Spirit and by doing so bring their co-workers, classmates and family closer to the carpenter from Nazareth.
Will you take 30 seconds to pray for our brothers and sisters in China?
- Pray that Christians would live boldly by the Spirit for all to see.
- Pray that the proclamation of the Gospel would be accompanied by lives that reflect inner transformation.
- Pray that God would continue to raise up godly young men and women to testify that Jesus is not the savior from South Beach but the Savior of the whole world.