If you think children are too young to understand the passion and its meaning, think again.
This past weekend, the grandkids spent a night with their Grams and Pop. Of course we watched “Frozen”. They had seen the movie several times already and really were not paying much attention to it. I lost interest as well. But on Saturday night, we were able to watch “Mary, the Mother of Jesus”, a movie none of us had seen before.
Both the seven-year-old and the four-year-old were very captivated by the movie. When Herod ordered the infants killed, my grandson became very upset. Jesus was just a Baby and he wanted to know why they wanted to kill Him. I watched as his sister explained that Mary and Joseph fled and kept Jesus safe. After she thought about it, my granddaughter continued to explain to her little brother that eventually the people do kill Jesus and He dies on a cross.
Her little brother was still very upset. He asked the big question, “Why did Jesus have to die on a cross?”.
My mind was racing…How do you explain this big question to a four-year-old?
But, the Holy Spirit was at work. His big sister smiled a huge smile, and simple said, “JESUS HAD TO DIE SO THAT WE COULD LIVE!”
Words so simple and so true. He died because He loves us.
Jesus gave this message to Nancy Fowler in Conyers, Georgia in December of 1990: “I give you the love of My Heart. When you walk in My light you know the way. Then you have My Peace because you are walking with Me. When you have My Peace, you know of My Love. I was brutally struck everywhere. If you start to count My wounds do you not miss the point? See not My wounds, but My Love for you and all of mankind. See My love first, then My suffering. The Cross is Life. The Cross is Love. I am the Cross.”
Philippians 2:7 : “He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death – His death on the cross. For this reason, God raised Him to the highest place above and gave Him the name that is greater than any other name. And so, in honor of the name of Jesus, all beings in heaven, on earth and in the world below, will fall on their knees and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”