When I was a very new follower of Jesus, in my early twenties, I had a sign like this on my refridgerator. I was brimming with excitement to know that Jesus really lived, died and rose from the dead on your and my behalf. I was certain everyone would want to know this wonderful, good news. I assumed, once they had heard that Jesus died for their wrongs, but rose again and is alive today, they’d be so happy and thankful.
I thought I might prompt a massive art-making by others, of these signs, as the news spread. Well, it did not really work out that way. Most people stopping by couldn’t understand why I’d have a sign like that on my refridgerator.
That’s sort of radical, they’d say. (Are you a Jesus freak?) Everyone has religion. I do my religion privately, they’d say. However, I was joyfully telling the good news that Jesus wanted a relationship with us, not a religion of rules and regs with us. He loves us. Fortunately, the sign did begin many conversations, and two young men, who came to borrow time with our washer and dryer, did ask to pray to Jesus and begin a relationship with the very much alive Savior.
It began with a bit of art and the truth. What a beautiful thing that is. As soon as I glue this all down, I am joyfully putting it up on my refridgerator, once again. Jesus is alive! I can’t wait for the conversations ahead. Why not make your own art to share truth?
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21