Updated: Apr 17
The day before Easter Sunday, several members were processing life in their small group after practice at the dojo. They were discussing the meaning and purpose of Easter. To the believer in Christ, this is the most celebrated and significant day of the year. Jesus came from heaven to earth, born from a virgin (Mary), lived a sinless life, died on the cross to forgive the sins of mankind, was buried in a grave, but rose again the third day, proving that he was God himself.
Sitting in the group was a young preschool child. He was climbing on their backs and playing around until he heard, “Easter” and he quickly jumped into the conversation and exclaimed, "Easter is when Jesus was alive again!" As the impressed women commented to each other on how bright this child was, he continued with a serious tone, “He's still dead today. He’ll rise from the grave on Sunday!”
This remark came from a child who is still too young to do judo class. When he comes to the dojo, he enjoys watching videos and playing with his LEGO. You wouldn’t expect him to engage in a conversation with adults about Jesus and Easter. That’s why of all the people Jesus encountered while here on earth he chose the little children and said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”