Today is Easter Monday in Ukraine and many other Slavic countries. It is a national holiday, with many businesses and schools closed. That is why many Evangelical churches will plan evangelical events during the day.
Gethsemane Church is the largest Baptist church in Donetsk. They have a wonderfully talented choir and they prepared an Easter drama and performed it in one of the cultural houses in town this morning.
I shared with a couple of Americans that all of the voices are recorded since they lack the equipment to do it live and they didn’t show the crucifixion scene. Yet, I left there today excited to have seen the last days of Christ life portrayed and the Gospel message was clearly presented.
This afternoon, as I was walking through town with a friend, I reflected on the drama I witnessed today compared to the ones I have been a part of or seen in the US. I thought of how we used special techniques to show the resurrection, the crucifixion, etc. in US. I thought of the thousands of dollars spent each year on advertising, ticketing, etc for such events.
Please do not misunderstand me. I am not trying to condemn one method over the other. They are different. However, the Gospel message is the same and I thoroughly enjoyed its simplicity today.
I think too often in my life I am trying to use the new, better methods for presenting the Gospel. The Gospel hasn’t changed in 2,000 years. The Message is still the same. And God is still using that Message to knock on people’s heart, and giving them opportunities to respond, no matter the language, budget or presentation.
I thank the Lord for reminding me of this important fact today. May I remember it tomorrow and in the future. Christ is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!