I like to read different books and Bibles that are available for children. About a year, a friend in ministry referred me to a book called The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It takes Bible stories and puts them into a story that children can understand. I love reading the stories because I think as adults we tend to complicate God and His love for us.
I decided this morning to read this book and my heart overflows with gratefulness and love for my Savior. The refreshing story of Jesus’ last week on earth spoke to me and I had to share with you. Sorry, this is long but I’m so moved by these words. The author writes this about the Last Supper:
“But this is how God will rescue the world. My life will break and God’s broken world will mend. My heart will tear apart – and your hearts will heal. Just as the passover lamb died, so now I will die instead of you. My blood will wash away all your sins. And you’ll be clean on the inside – in your hearts.” (cool way to explain to a child)
And, as I reflect on Jesus’ death on this Good Friday, the author writes this about Jesus in the Garden praying:
“God was going to pour into Jesus’ heart all the sadness and brokenness in people’s hearts. He was going to pour into Jesus’ body all the sickness in people’s bodies. God was going to have to blame his son for everything that had gone wrong. It would crush Jesus.”
It continues to tell the story of Jesus’ arrest, how people mocked him, and how he was nailed to the cross. It talks about how Jesus could have stopped everything and jumped off the cross, but He didn’t. The author writes, ” You see, they didn’t understand. It wasn’t the nails that kept Jesus there. It was love.”
Praise God for that love. Our sin crushed Jesus and he was torn apart so we may know this love. We do have a few copies of this book for sale in our children’s resource center if you’d like to purchase a copy for your family this Easter weekend. I hope you were blessed and refreshed by this perspective from a child’s point-of-view.