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January 5, 2009

Theology for Three Year Olds

Filed under: New Testament — Tags: , — Karen @ 3:55 am

During Sunday morning services at my church, pre-schoolers leave the sanctuary for their own worship and play time. Adults take turns leading Children’s Church. My name appears on the list a couple of times a year.

It is a challenge coming up a lesson that is simple enough for them to understand and short enough to hold their attention for even a few minutes. Since it is January, we talked about snowflakes (a rare sight in Mississippi) and the Creator God who makes both snow and wiggly, three year olds.

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 (NKJV)

The disciples wanted to send the children away because they were a nuisance. These kids were not clean, perfectly behaved mini-adults. I think that they were loud and overly excited, crowding in, and perhaps, pushing each other in their desire to see a local celebrity.

Not only did Jesus rebuke the disciples for their well-intentioned efforts at crowd control, he said that the kingdom of heaven is like these messy, loud little creatures. The kids were enthusiastic. They were reaching for Jesus.

What was Jesus saying about the kingdom of heaven? Get excited. Don’t worry about what grownups say. Reach out to people close to you. Reach out to God.

Even a three year old can understand that.

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1 Comment »

  1. It is wonderful you recognize the similarities between the children of today and those when Jesus walked the earth. More people should because how you raise a child dictates the paths he will take when older. It is so important in a society which the standards to raise children is being set by state and federal law of a country which is becoming less day by day one nation under God.

    Comment by tommysimpson — January 5, 2009 @ 4:12 am


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