Has Anyone Done This Much?

A Japanese student learns about Christ

By Toshihiro*, a student in Japan   |  30.May.2013
Toshihiro
Photo courtesy Keiko Hara

Toshihiro with friends

A long time ago, I was always frustrated. Once when I lost my temper, I broke a glass window. If there was someone that I really didn’t like, I would get really agitated. People who were not close friends avoided me.
Then one day I was unexpectedly approached by Motoi, who sat next to me in drafting class. “Would you lend me your ruler?” he asked. Through that instance, I became friends with Motoi.

As we became friends, I learned that Motoi was a Christian. Honestly, I thought, “Oh no…” because my family is Buddhist, and I often heard that Christianity was not good because it was a cult. So, whenever I spoke with Motoi, I was very cautious in interacting with him.

One day, I went to visit Motoi at his apartment. On his desk, right there in plain sight, was a Bible and a magazine that had “Daily Bible Lessons” written on it. I don’t know why, but I was interested in the magazine and looked intently through it. Seeing that, Motoi said to me, “Read it and let me hear.” I read it aloud to him. As I read, a lot of questions sprang up, so I asked Motoi.

Motoi didn’t make me feel stupid nor did he put on a show. He was just a regular university student like me. There wasn’t anything special about him.

One time, Motoi invited me to Acts, a Christian gathering of university students on Friday nights, and I went. There, I saw that Christianity was definitely not anything scary. I could see that it was very normal and that everyone lived naturally.

Then, one day, Motoi read “The Four Spiritual Laws” to me. He asked me, “Do you also want to live a life of walking with Jesus?”

In 1 Peter 2:24, the Bible says, “and He (Jesus) Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” We as humans are all separated from God because of our sins. But Jesus who is God came to this earth as a man to save us from our sins. Then, Jesus carried our sins and died on the cross. When you believe that Jesus died in our place, your sins will be forgiven.

“Up until now, has there been anyone who has done this much for me?” I said. Until now, I easily did terrible things. But He also forgives someone like me. I decided to believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior.
Before believing, I was often asked by my friends in casual conversation, “Why do you lose your temper?”

But after believing, I stopped being asked that question. Expressing my frustration in speech and conduct has also decreased. This was a big change.

I don’t ever want to return to the time when I myself didn’t understand why I was aggravated. So, I hope that from now on, I will walk with Jesus.

*name changed