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??
Ok....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 on...in the Name of Jesus.....party 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?!
Monday, March 10, 2008
posted by Fran at 9:35 AM