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番号をもらった時、私は「OH NO!」と叫びました。


13番をもらった時、私は「OH NO!」と叫んだけど、本当は13番を恐れていません。




Number 13 

So many people attended Kitakyushu BBC’s dedication ceremony that the church members gave shoe numbers to everyone so they could find everyone’s shoes quickly after the service. When I received my number, I said, “OH NO.” It was number 13. Just as many Japanese think that the number 4 is an unlucky number, many Americans think that the number 13 is an unlucky number.

For example, many Americans avoid any kind of dangerous activity on the 13th. They will not fly in an airplane on the 13th. They won’t do any business transactions on the 13th. They won’t buy a house on the 13th. In fact, there are people who will not leave their home on the 13th. In many hospitals and hotels there is no 13th floor. Airports do not have a 13th gate.

From where did this superstition come? It came from Christianity. From long, long ago people have thought that Christ was crucified on Friday the 13th, so they consider the number 13 to be unlucky.

When I received number 13, I said, “OH NO,” but actually I am not afraid of number 13. First of all, I don’t believe that Christ was crucified on Friday the 13th. The Bible does not say that Christ was crucified on the 13th. There is another reason why I am not afraid of the number 13. I was born on the 13th.

To Christians, the important number at this time of the year is not 13. It is 3. Christ was crucified, but He arose on the 3rd day. His empty tomb gives a wonderful hope to all who believe in Him.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
(First Peter 1:3)

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