It began as an ordinary conversation, then quickly turned into an extraordinary opportunity. My oldest daughter and I were talking about everyday topics, when one thing led to another and she asked, “Mommy, why do we die?” Wow. Lord, please give me the words. She asked me a loaded question that didn't have an easy answer.
Have you ever described God's love story to a four-year-old? It's a bit challenging. There are many abstract concepts involved. My daughter asked me a profound question, and I didn't have a short answer.
My response began with, “Death was never a part of God's plan,” and “God wants us to spend forever with him.” I then went on to summarize the beginning and shared about Jesus and his purpose on earth. As I shared the story, my daughter quietly listened. Then, she gave me an unexpected response. She said, “Um, Mommy, but those are a lot of words.” Whoops. I probably said too much. “Yeah, I guess so” I said, “That's okay. . . I'm just excited to share with you! One day you'll understand more.”
A seed was planted that day. I had the opportunity to share the gospel with my daughter, and it was all prompted by her curiosity. I pray my excitement was evident to her. (It may have taken the form of lots of words.) One day she will understand though. Until then, I pray God would continue to develop in her a desire to know him.
How great the Father's love for us! Doesn't sharing the gospel fill you with joy? It's our foundation, our identity, our salvation, and our freedom! Sharing the gospel renews our joy because we remember the beginning of life with our Father. It's the deeply rooted, all consuming love we are reminded of—God's love for us!
As the Thanksgiving season approaches, I can't think of anything I'm more thankful of than the gospel. Wouldn't you agree? It is the source of all our joy! Will you join me in lingering on the gospel this week? Let's begin by reading a verse from the passage we will be studying today. Please click here to download the reading guide.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53: 5
As you read this verse, consider these questions:
What does this verse reveal about Jesus's character?
What peace do we receive when we place our trust in Jesus's sacrifice?
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