My favorite age that a kid goes through are those Pre-K/Kindergarten years. Kids at that age are brilliant. They are still so small, but can come up with the most off-the-wall things sometimes. I teach the pre-school class at OneLife every Sunday which means I hear the most hilarious things.
One Sunday, one of the pre-schoolers in my class looked at me from across the room while he was playing with a truck, and told me “Miss Harrison, I OWN this church!”. I kind of laughed, and so did the other teacher, but he was dead serious. And the more the other teacher and I asked him what he meant by that, the more serious he got about his answer, which made us laugh even more.
But the most interesting thing is that the kids, even at this age, seem to have the “token” answer down. For example, because they are at church, whenever we ask them a question, their answer is always “Jesus”. I could ask, “what was the name of the guy that built the ark?” and even if they KNOW the answer is Noah, they still yell “JESUS!”.
Sometimes we do that as adults too. We put our “church face“ on and we throw out “Jesus” as our answer whenever we get in an uncomfortable situation or conversation about church or God. But do we really understand what the big deal is about Him? Why, above all else, should we be thankful for Jesus?
An interesting fact that we sometimes gloss over about Jesus is that he never sinned. Ever. We sin every day without even opening our mouths, so can you imagine a level of perfection where that didn’t even happen? Now Jesus was definitely tempted. But still never sinned.
Stop for a minute and try to get your mind wrapped around that. Whew, Rodney and I think about how nice that must have been for Jesus’ Mom every time our little girl Mariclaire throws one of her flat-out “I’m being mad for no reason” fits! Mary had it made!
And if you read here, it says that the payment for sin is death. So if there is no sin, like in Jesus’ case, there is no death. If Jesus was perfect, did not sin, and still died there must have been a huge reason for that.
Check back, because I will break down those reasons for you tomorrow.