Monday, March 10, 2008

Jesus was NO party pooper!!


Ok...Y'all work with me here for a minute. I'm going down this road with Jesus as the "partyer" with the help of Beth Moore and a teaching she did on Life Today on February 20th.

This particular lesson she taught that day stuck with me because my wonderful 4th and 5th graders at church have been talking about the "ultimate party" and what that particular party would look like! Hmmmmmm......that's something to think about isn't it????

These kids have been talking about whether or not Jesus was a party pooper?? If He was, why do we think that?? Where do we learn that He wants to kill joy and fun out of our lives?? Why at the age of 10 or 11, alot of these kids think and believe that He IS the party pooper???

One Wednesday night when I was teaching them, we wrote on the board everything and everyone that would be included in their ultimate party. Not one person mentioned Jesus being at the ultimate party.

That is not surprising for me. But, I asked this.....

If Jesus was invited or showing up at your ultimate party, would that change the ultimate party in any way?????

Let me hear another Hmmmmmmmm........

Ok, so let's get to the teaching that Ms. Beth taught out of John chapter 2. This is the story of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana in Galilee. This is the 1st miracle in the Bible. Don't you just love it?? says in vs. 2 that Jesus' mother was there and Jesus and his disciples had been invited to the wedding.

Jesus and his buddies were invited......why???

Maybe He was invited because Jesus was fun and had a personality that was fun. Jesus had been invited in advance of the wedding. Beth Moore said this..."I don't know if you can go here with me for just a second but Jesus was asked to a party because he was not the party dud. Aren't you glad that Jesus doesn't kill a party?!"

Well, that is definitely something to think about. JESUS WAS NOT A PARTY DUD!!!!

I don't know about you, but I had to remind myself of that.

Beth Moore began to talk about Jesus' personality. Remember, the kids would not leave him alone. He had a magnetic personality I bet. Kids would run up to him. Did he tickle them? Did he play with them? Did he chase them? I bet so! I bet he had a blast with them!!

So....all this to say....I think Jesus had a fun personality and was the life of the party!!


We need to let our children know that Jesus is a blast! Jesus is the ultimate party! He is the ride of a lifetime!!

He was God. Fully God! He is the boss over our lives, but He's the biggest blast you'll ever have!

I had in my head that the creator of heaven and earth was not this type of person. He is the alpha and omega.......And, he is a blast!!!

So, as you party the Name of in some good clean fun. We can have a blast. Jesus did. And, aren't we trying to be more and more like Him anyway?!

Blessings y'all....


beckyjomama said...

Ooooooohhhhh, I LOVE this!!! I watch Wednesdays with Beth and absolutley adored this lesson!! I have always thought that Jesus must be fun, 'cause, yeah, kids loved Him and this just gave more references and food for thought!
I have been pondering on it since then too ... makes the party that's coming in Heaven sound even better. I can't wait!

Charity said...

That is so much fun to think about. I missed that episode somehow.

It is going to be such the party when we all get to heaven!!

Hope you have a GREAT week! Let me know if you think you'll have time to catch up this weekend!


Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

I too loved that Wednesday with Beth! It was such a light bulb moment!

He is a blast! I don't want to even imagine trying live without Him!

Love you!

Denise said...

I am partying with you, and Jesus sweet one.

Leah said...

Hmmmmmmm, I think a lot of the people that sit in churches week after week looking like they were bored out of their gourd need to learn this, as well.
Don't 'cha think???


Patty said...

What a great post! He is after all throwing the biggest wedding supper we will ever see and I know He is a blast, I love the times I have with Him. I am sure He played with the children and they approached Him w/out fear. They didn't let the disciples stop them, they went to Jesus, crawled into His lap and had a great time! What a God!!! I am ready for the party!!!
Love You,

He Knows My Name said...

great fran He is not a party dud!
fyi - beth is on every night this week on life. i've got 50 minutes to go before she comes on. i just love her so. love you too! ~janel

Alana said...

Amen! We host a small group of young marrieds and the young guys are so great with our kids. They pick them up twirl them around, and are just so fun! I love it when they come over and it brings me such joy to see them interact with my kids. I am SURE that is how Jesus would have been. Sure!

His Girl said...

so true!!! I love this!!!!

Susan said...

The Ultimate going to be SOOO awesome! I really need to get back to watching Beth on Wednesday mornings! Sorry I missed this one.
Love ya Party Girl!

BethAnne said...

You (and Beth) are right - Jesus IS the party!

Sunni at The Flying Mum said...

Jesus IS the ultimate Party Animal!

annie's eyes said...

I have known the "wild ride" Jesus and the "wilderness guide" Jesus, and several other titles that He and I share, but I want to know Him as the "Life's a blast" joyful Jesus, turning the water into wine. Can't wait for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, and we obviously don't need to. He's already celebrating! Great post, Fran and good stuff to think about. Party on, Annette

Toknowhim said...

You are so right Fran. I don't think I learned this lesson as a child either. So wonderful to let your kids know that Jesus can be the life of our Parties!! Love ya Siesta!!!

Mariel said...

amen, girl! Praise the Lord He FREES us to have REAL fun!!! I have been to parties without Jesus, before I knew Him and I have been to parties WITH Jesus...and I tell ya...HE IS the party!! I agree with Leah, though, those half-asleep believers could use a fresh dose of a Jesus Party to wake up to the high that the Most High offers!!! Like Beth says "ain't not high like the MOST HIGH!!" Oh, I love my Jesus so!!

Oh, and one more thing...if kids are believin' Jesus is a party killer...What in heaven's name are their parents modeling??!! I so pray my boys would see the thrill Jesus is in and through my husband and I !!

Thank you for shining a light on this truth!

Joanne said...

Wooo hooo, partying over here!

Ang baylis said...

Oh, Fran!
I loved this post. You know, I have had a discussion with my daughter who is 22 years old and my son who is 21. I think they believe if they follow Jesus the fun is over! Thank you for reminding us that He was NOT a party dud! I wish my kids would read your post! I love the little dancing guys! They look like M & M's!

Much love,
Angie xoxo

connorcolesmom said...

That is so fun!!
You are so right GOd is literally the LIFE of the party!
He is the one who breathes life and then sustains it!
I love you my Fran and you views on our FATHER!
I know you make GOd so happy :)

MelanieJoy said...

Hi Fran...I ran across your blog from His Girl...and I just met her today. It seems we all have a common ground in the Children's ministry.
I LOVED that taping of Beth Moore.
It is one of my favorites. I also did a post on it that day...great minds think alike.
You didn't by any chance come to Louisiana last March to see Beth did you?

I blog so you can get a glimpse into my life as wife, mom of 3 boys, and someone who simply wants to bless others along the way. Have fun and be sweet :)

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