Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Jesus promises to be with us for all time, however we seem to be leaving Jesus behind. There is no better illustration of this than what’s happening to our children.
Why are our kids not meeting Jesus today? In a discussion with two of my grandkids, I discovered that they weren’t being taught about Jesus in their many Church experiences. I was surprised to discover that Jesus is not the topic in most Sunday Schools. They are treated to the OT biographical stories of Daniel, David and Goliath, but not Jesus. Oh, Jesus is mentioned at the beginning or end of the class, but rarely is Jesus taught.
As I met with several of the Children’s Pastors of the best mega-Churches, I found this to be true in every Church I visited. Jesus and his teachings are missing! Shortly after this, I attended a Church service where they religiously repeated the “Apostle’s Creed”. This is when it hit me. We’ve been missing the life of Jesus for centuries in our Churches. Read it for yourself!
“I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.”
This Creed is virtually the same as all other Christian creeds. It’s a listing of the basic doctrines of the faith, beginning with the birth of Jesus and jumped to His death, resurrection, and certain return. But where is the life and teachings of Jesus? Jesus is missing!
It’s no wonder our kids are also coming up missing. They are asked to relate to a religious system and set of doctrines rather than to the person of Jesus. We’ve left Jesus behind in the cradle (birth), on the cross (death), and in the clouds (2nd coming).
When we first began to follow Jesus, I knew it was going to be the toughest thing we’ve ever attempted to do. The challenge is to practice the presence of Jesus. A Kenyan friend and co-worker, Rachael, speaks of “experiencing” Jesus. This is precisely what most professed believers in Jesus are not doing. They experience the weekly Church service, however the norm is not to tangibly experience Jesus through the week.
Thank Jesus for staying with us every day and be careful not to leave Jesus behind! People are watching and most of them are our kids!
Check out more on this subject by reading my recent article: THIS IS LIKELY THE LAST CHRISTIAN GENERATION.