1 John 1:7-9 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Have you ever asked what Easter is really about?
I spent some time with kids two weeks ago who were asking amazing questions. These young people were on a quest to make Easter more meaningful than egg hunts and pretty dresses. They truly wanted to grasp the foundational truths of their faith. It gave me goosebumps.
Shueyville UMC has a growing children’s ministry where kids learn about God on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Our Children’s Ministries Coordinator asked me to drop in on the 4-5th grade class because they had some tough questions. Any chance I can get to spend with youth, I try to take. We know that solid foundations are vital for building future disciples of Jesus Christ and transforming the world. Not to mention, they always make me laugh and give me energy.
I was not expecting what those young disciples asked. And when I left 30 minutes later, I was filled with the Holy Spirit. They asked me questions that no one had posed, of any age, in 7 years of ministry. It was awesome!
Questions are somewhat rare in our society. We prefer to Google everything, find an opinion that matches our experience and favored values, and dismiss others who think differently. We rarely admit we might have a question. And to admit we might be wrong? No way!
We treat our faith that way sometimes.
The other approach to life is to not care enough to learn new things. Some of us would rather not think critically about the how/why and instead just consume the end result that has the least resistance.
We treat our faith that way sometimes, too. Do we care enough to know how Jesus’ death saves us from our sin? (The kids asked me that question right off the bat.) Or do we just care that we sing Up From the Grave He Arose and/or He Lives on Easter Sunday.
We don’t really want to consider how/why Judas turned his back on Jesus. (That question came from a 5th grader.) Often we’d rather just have fancy coffee and a really cool family photo background in the lobby.
Oh, and we aren’t really into asking what grace means and how we can share it. (You guessed it, a question from the kids.) Instead, we’d rather reserve love and respect for people who share our opinions on the five hot topics in our society.
Resurrected Lord, your humility unto death set the tone for how we ought to live. Help us to be humble. Create hearts that long to seek you. Where we think we are always right, put the desire to ask your will. When we dismiss others, put within us the ability to listen. And before we stray and go our own way, call us back to your Holy Word. We don’t want to be blinded by our interpretation or opinion but want to embrace your call on our lives. Amen.
Usually when adults have questions for me it’s about human sexuality, abortion, President Trump, or if we can put something new in the bulletin. There is nothing wrong with those questions, but maybe they are secondary. What if we started with the 4-5th grade questions? We might be in the right place to answer the questions that we let divide us.
Have an Easter egg hunt. Eat a Reese’s Egg. (They are the best!) And go to a church and celebrate Easter. Your questions are welcome. They lead to growth and a deeper faith.