Easter in Hong Kong

April 5, 2015

It is Easter in Hong Kong.   The vast majority see this weekend Christian holiday as an opportunity to go on a vacation in a nearby country or simply to “hang out” with family and friends at a Shopping Mall, Chinese restaurant or at the Kowloon Park.   In other words, unlike Christmas in Hong Kong, people simply don’t comprehend at all the significance of Easter to the believing Christian world.  In fact, this day is just like every other day in Hong Kong.  You can walk in the tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui and people are buying and selling.  Indian merchants accost you with “copy watch?” or shove business cards in your hand without the asking.   At Easter, commercial Hong Kong propels forward.   Yet amidst this business milieu are faithful worshippers attending church, praising God for the resurrection of Christ our Messiah.  Such was my attitude as I entered the historic St. Andrews Church (Anglican & evangelical) on Easter morning.  Having just worshipped in a local church that morning, I also wanted the experience of joining internationals from all over the world worship Christ our Lord.   The church was started in 1904, with the building being constructed in 1906.   It did have its share of financial struggles during the first World War.  During WWII it was turned into a Shino shrine and the vicarage was used as a Japanese magistrate court.  After the war ended on August 15, 1945, the Japanese government sent Rev. Samijima on August 20th, to Hong Kong, where he led various British, Chinese and Japanese to celebrate the Lord’s supper.  It was a time of praise after an extensive period of suffering.   This was my attitude as well in joining a packed chapel for 11:30 a.m. worship.   After being flogged, mocked and crucified unto death, Jesus arose from the grave on the third day.  Listen to what the apostle says on this:   “Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I have preached to you.   Otherwise, you have believed in vain.  For what I received I pass on to you as of first imprtance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Sriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.  After that, He appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.”

I Corinthians 15:1-6

Paul’s point: The Corinthians have not believed in vain simply because Christ did rise from the dead!   Since Christ’s resurrection is a historical fact, attested by living witnesses, then their faith is based on solid historical evidence.  Therefore, they should speak with confidence before a world of mockers, pleasure seekers or disinterested “commercial shoppers”.   They should speak with confidence amidst this world’s false religions.   With all of this swirling around in my mind, after the service, I was accosted by an Indian salesman on the sidewalk (he was also a Muslim by the way).  He exclaimed, “copy watch?”.   I looked him straight in the eye and grabbed his hand firmly and exclaimed, “Sir, this is Jesus’ resurrection day!  You need to bow before Him! He actually is the “Allah” you seek and is more than just a prophet.  Mohammed, your prophet, is still in the grave, but Jesus has resurrected!  He is God! Believe in Him, trust Him now!  If Mohammed was alive today, maybe he would too!”   Well, how about you?  Have you put your trust in Him?  Are you telling others about Him?  For this is the best news of each and every day………..let us proclaim it!