Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Betraying Jesus with a kiss

One of the facts of getting older is that the children in your life get older too. One of the great pleasures is when your roles are reversed and you find yourself being taught good things by by those grown-up children.

I’ve sent you before to the wisdom of my niece Sunny. She blogs at Daydreams and Dandelions.

I resonated with her comment at my post a couple of days ago. She recommends one book for toddlers for Easter and pans another because it omits entirely the crucifixion. Everything in the Bible is about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, but in the past we too have had had Bible story books like the one she mentions–great illustrations, well-told stories, but the main point omitted–a book without a climax.

Sunny wrote:

I heard a Spurgeon quote that reminds me of many children’s Bibles.

“To tell about Jesus without the cross is to betray him with a kiss.”

I thank God for a niece who knows what’s what . . . and who quotes Spurgeon.

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4 Responses to “Betraying Jesus with a kiss”

  1. Jim in Portland

    I get what you are saying, but could not agree with that nor do I think it is wise. There is an age to share the reality of the Cross/Crucifixion . . . and its older than most believers think. There are plenty of stories in the Bible that tell and show God’s love for young ears. But to share the violent, tragic accounts to a young child under the age of 5 or 7 is wreckless. There is nothing in their young life experience to temper what they are hearing/filtering for processing the story.

    My boy is now 6 1/2 and receives this new information about Jesus death very well. He still doesn’t have the details, but gets it. He is not scared by it, but rather grasps the show of love to us all by the Father.

    • Jim,
      I get what you’re saying too. I do appreciate your concern because I have to think hard about how to talk about Jesus’ death to very young children. It’s not easy.

      I understand and feel the love that wants to protect a child from the idea of death. But I also know that death is a reality, and even very young children experience it through the death of a sibling, parent, grandparent, friend. It has happened in our own family.

      And I think it is possible to tell the story for a very young child. It would be true, but still very simple, without going into violent details

      I want to speak at a level a child can understand and cope with–just as we might speak to a toddler of the sun rising without going into the scientific facts of earth’s rotation, solar system, etc.

      Thank you for responding with your concerns. And may God bless your family as you move toward the celebration of Easter–LIFE.

  2. As someone who is a mother of 4, grandmother of 2 (so far :)and lead a church’s children’s ministry for 10 years, I totally agree it you Noel. There are many ways to tell the Greatest Story and keep it simple that is age appropriate. Children can face death early on (ie- a pet)and begin to process the sadness of it. God gives them much grace, much faith and much wisdom. Oh that we could be more like them!

  3. que interesante!! cuando tenga hijos hare lo mismo :) Saludos y bendiciones desde Peru! :D :D

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