A young girl recently asked her mother, “where is Jesus in Halloween?” Similarly, a young boy asked his children’s ministry teacher, “is Jesus afraid of Halloween?” I love these amazing honest questions from kids, they are so precious.
But wait a second, where is Jesus on Halloween? How would you answer that?
Do you remember how he got there? Jesus came down to earth, was born in Bethlehem. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and performed innumerable miracles. He was fully human and also fully God. He was crucified by the authorities because He professed to be God and his teaching threatened Jewish and Roman rule. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. In fact,
When he died on the cross, he paid the penalty for our sin like a sacrificial lamb. When he rose from the grave, he conquered death, continued to empower the disciples, and then ascended into heaven.
I know what you (or your kids) are thinking: Is Jesus a zombie?!? No. Zombies are un-dead. Jesus is alive! He conquered death and sent his Spirit to dwell and fill us so we can continue his work, make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20) and be his witnesses everywhere we go (Acts 1:8)
“14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
We don’t need to be afraid of Halloween because our Savior conquered death. While people decorate with skulls and ghosts, we are filled with the Holy Ghost. While people try and scare one another, we can have peace that surpasses all understating (Phil. 4:7).
“I’m not afraid of the dark, the darks afraid of me, I’m not afraid ‘cause Your heart is shining bright in me. Be bold, be strong, be brave, hold on I’m not afraid anymore, Your love glows in the dark” Not Afraid by Rend Collective (Rend Co. Kids)
On Halloween, should Christians give out candy to kids? That is an important question that each adult should prayerfully consider. You may want to study the history of this day as well as the common traditions in your community. But always remember: We are called to be in the world and not of the world. We are commissioned to go and make disciples. We are compelled to love our neighbours. We can lovingly be the light of the world.