Preaching/Teaching to Japanese/Japan!

I was going to preach this Wednesday but there was a change of plans so here is the message I had to preach on! God bless!

Here is the story that goes with the first slide!
It is 12:30 p.m. in Nagasaki, Japan on March 17, 1865. Father Bernard Petitjean, a priest, hears a noise at the back door of his little chapel. Opening the door he is surprised to find a group of 15 middle-aged Japanese men and women — surprised because all native- born subjects of the Mikado (Mikado Is a title given to the emperor of Japan.) are strictly forbidden to associate with Christians and his chapel has been declared to be reserved only for foreigners.”
So begins Part 17 of a series titled “Great Moments in Catholic History,”  published in 1983 in the journal The Catholic Register. The article’s author is Fr. Jacques Monet, who vividly captures the emotional intensity of this charged moment.
“Until now,” he continues, “[Fr. Petitjean] has had no visitors. But here, standing before him are these 15 people, looking very frightened and not a little unsure of themselves . . .
“Then a young man speaks up. His name is Peter. He is a catechist (a teacher of the principles of Christian religion, especially one using a catechism), he says timidly, and wonders whether Fr. Petitjean owes allegiance to ‘the great chief of the Kingdom of Rome.’ The missionary answers that the Vicar of Christ, Pope Pius IX, will be very happy to learn of their interest.
“Peter, however, wants to make sure he has been understood. He asks, ‘Have you no children?’ ‘You and all your brethren,’ answers the missionary, ‘Christian and others, are the children whom God has given me. Other children I cannot have. The priest must, like the first apostles of Japan, remain all his life unmarried.’ At this, Peter and his friends bend their heads down to the ground and cry out: ‘He is celibate! Thank God.’ Then they mention their village [Urakami, north of Nagasaki]: ‘At home, everybody is the same as we are. They have the same hearts as we.’ ”
“Peter” and his friends were the first evidence of an astonishing historical fact. More than 200 years earlier, Japan’s thriving Christianity had been outlawed, its adherents tortured and slaughtered by the tens of thousands. So determined was the new Tokugawa Shogunate to protect its subjects from the “evil doctrine” that, having bloodily suppressed a Christian and peasant uprising at Shimabara in 1638, it built a virtual wall around the entire country.

Matthew 28:19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Mark 16:15-16

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

In the book of Mark…

Paul the Apostle

The theme of the book centers on the Gospel of Christ. Paul is deeply concerned that his readers understand how a sinner may be received as righteous by a righteous God; and how a justified sinner should live daily to the glory of God.

Japan’s religions

Shinto and Buddhism are Japan’s two major religions. Shinto is as old as the Japanese culture, while Buddhism was imported from the mainland in the 6th century. Since then, the two religions have been co-existing relatively harmoniously and have even complemented each other to a certain degree. Most Japanese consider themselves Buddhist, Shintoist or both. uReligion does not play a big role in the everyday life of most Japanese people today. The average person typically follows the religious rituals at ceremonies like birth, weddingsand funerals, may visit a shrine or temple on New Year and participates at local festivals, most of which have a religious background.

Shrines and Temples

Hidden Christans!

“It is estimated, that up to 200,000 people gave their lives rather than renounce their loyalty to Christ. There has never been an adequate acknowledgment or meaningful atonement for this terrible government-sponsored atrocity. Is this veiling of understanding tied to God’s judgment for rejection of his Messiah and the persecution of his people?” y46 \lsdlocked0

Takashi Yanase

Next, I want to talk about Takashi Yanase. Takashi was born February 6, 1919 – October 13, 2013. He was a Japanese cartoonist. Throughout his career as a cartoonist Takashi kept asking himself the philosophical question  “What do we live for?” As a child he was separated from his parents. Then Later lost his younger brother in the war. These experiences made him keep asking himself why am I alone and allowed to live? He Later realized the reason to live! That reason? Was Jesus of course!! He then created the cartoon Anpanman. Anpanman gave joy to so many people after the march 11th tsunami disaster. In the past before Anpanman became such a popular character for years got lots of criticism.  Anpanman relates directly to Jesus and here is why!

Next I quoted the cartoon this man made talking about How his character was Jesus. He wanted to talk about Jesus, but he knew the Japans Government would ban the cartoon if he made the character look like Jesus so he made a super Hero which is a savior of the world. Like Jesus was. The only difference is Jesus a real man who is living and died for our sins so we can be saved.

The next part was barrowed from a really great website. ( The allegory of Anpanman and Jesus Christ – and Izumi’s testimony – copyright of Izumi Kennedy

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 
This is clearly talking about letting everyone know about Gods word, and all nations including Japan. Through anything that promotes God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. God bless!!

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