“He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3.11
No matter where you go in the world, every nation has its main religion, which expresses the desire of this specific people group to connect themselves to the divine.
The word religion has its roots in the Latin word religare, which means binding together; to bind the man to God (or gods). This is related to the old thirst which abides in the human heart—the need to understand our purpose in life—that only can be quenched by the One who created the universe.
In every religion you will always find men coming to god through sacrifices, good deeds, and thousands of rituals to try to find favor and redeem their souls.
Christianity is the only religion in which God comes to men and makes the ultimate sacrifice so humanity can be united to the Creator through the sacrifice of the Son of God; our lives are redeemed.
In Western countries, Easter can be just one more Christian holiday where even churches are decorated with bunnies, eggs, and a cross. Egg hunts will take place and the sales of chocolate will increase.
But in other parts of the world, where the majority has never heard about Christ before, Easter is our huge opportunity to share the good news about Jesus.
When Buddhists and Hindus understand that because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross they don’t need to be bound to their karma and reborn so many times to find redemption, they are able to leave behind all the old traditions that they have being following for so many years and they can face with boldness all the persecution because of the Name of Jesus.
Muslins believe in Allah, who has 99 names. Each name describes one of his attributes, but in none of these 99 names does Allah receive the title of Father. When Muslims realize that God (the True God) is also Father and He sent His only Son to die in our place and that through the resurrection of Jesus we also can become children of God, we will see thousands coming to Christ.
But “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10.14-15
This Easter, please kindly remember those who never heard about Jesus before, that their hearts will be prepared to receive the good news. Also, pray for the missionaries who are working among unreached people groups, that they will have anointing and wisdom from God to share the Gospel. Pray for all the Christians who are in these countries, suffering a huge persecution not only by the government, but also by their own family and community, because they decided to follow Christ. Pray for their protection and wisdom as they share the gospel with their own people.