Faith of a child

It is said of Clarence the angel in “It’s a Wonderful Life”, he has the IQ of a rabbit, but he has the faith of a child.

In Matthew 11 we find these verses.

“25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”’

Who is Jesus?

If we don’t use the word “my” in our answer then he isn’t all he can be to us yet.

I must’ve been 15. I was terribly snarky at that age. We were all in the 67 Ford Galaxy and it was a sunny spring Sunday. We were leaving church heading back home, my sisters Judi and Shari, My new friend Mary, my cousin Kathy, mom and dad, dad was driving. Out of the blue and probably because of my youthful Snarkiness my dad asked me, “Pete, who is Jesus?”

The car got quiet as I thought about an answer, but I said the safest thing that came to mind, “Jesus is my Lord and savior”.

The rest of the conversation is blurry but dad said something like, “you have answered well…” and “I wish someone had asked me that question at your age”.

I don’t know why my dad asked me that, but I’m glad he did. He pushed and popped a truth pimple out of me that I didn’t even know was down there.

It would be several years and many mistakes and blunders later when that confession of my mouth and the understanding in my head and the longing and belief in my heart would all come together and I would be “born again”. My dad helped me that day.

Jesus wants us to know his dad. Jesus died so that our sins could be forgiven and our relationship with our Heavenly Father can be restored.

So I ask again, who is Jesus? May this question nudge you closer to a God is waiting with open arms to welcome you home.

Author: Peterloeffelbein

I am a man. I am an older man. I am a husband and a dad and a grandpa. I am a disciple of Jesus. Because I am a disciple of Jesus much of what I write is about him, and I usually end what I write with a question, do you the reader know that Jesus loves you? He does. He loves us all but he loves you specifically. He loves me specifically. What will you do with that information today?