The Power of the Gospel

by | Mar 28, 2021 | General, Holiday, Mothering | 0 comments

How many of you have enjoyed hiding “resurrection eggs” for your children to find?  Whether purchased or hand-made, this Easter egg hunt, which uses plastic eggs filled with symbols or little toys that retell the Easter account, brings delight to both you and your children.  To you, because you know that you are planting seeds of truth with each “hunt,” and to your children, because, well, it’s just plain fun!  One year when my oldest two (the only two, at the time) were just a few years old, we had a first hand look at the power of the Gospel message as we read through the Easter account time – and time – and time – again as they wanted to play with the resurrections eggs over and over and over again.  One day, without my knowledge (I was probably hiding the eggs!), the oldest told his little sister, “If you do that one more time, I’m calling 9-1-1!”  He was bluffing, with no intent of making that call, but she of course did not know that.  And being the little independent girl she was, she decided that SHE was going to beat HIM to the punch!  She dialed 9-1-1, then quickly hung up.  

A few minutes later, still without knowing this had happened, the police called.  They asked if anyone from this phone number had called them, to which I confidently answered, “No, no one here called.”  They said, “Well, we still have to send someone out.”  Sure enough, a few minutes later the police arrived, to which I still said I was certain no one here had called; it was just me and my two little children who were home.  After they left, just to be on the safe side, I asked the oldest if he had called.  He insisted he had not, then bowed his head and folded his little hands and said, “Dear Lord, please help my sister tell the truth.”  I looked at my youngest, again, just a few years old but fiesty in spirit.  I said, “Did you call the police?” She firmly insisted, “No!”  I asked her again, and she denied it yet again.  As I learned of my son’s “threat,” that HE said he would call the police, and as she became more and more adamant that she was innocent, I realized she was outright lying to me.  I tried telling her that she would have a consequence for lying, I tried bribing, I tried everything for the truth to come out.  Days went by.  I continued to ask if she had anything to tell me, to which she said, “No.”  

One day, as we continued to play with the resurrection eggs and read the Easter account, when we got to the part about Jesus dying for  – and saving us from – our sins, in a small, little voice, she asked, “Sins like when you call the police but say you didn’t?”  I said, “Yes, exactly like that. Is there anything you want to tell me NOW?”  With tears streaming down her face, she finally confessed that yes, she had called the police.

Over the years it has made for a funny story – yet more importantly – a powerful lesson of the power of the Gospel.  

This week we look to – and celebrate – the literal Gospel message, as Paul described in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me.  Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.  He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”

May we linger over the truth of what it is we are celebrating.  Let’s not rush past the significance of what Jesus did for us, what it means to us, and how worthy He is of all of our praise and adoration.  Let’s linger on this truth with our children as well.  Let His Word permeate their hearts, however familiar with the “story” they might be.  Whether you’re 2 or 3, like my daughter was, or 93, it is the Word of God that changes hearts, minds, and lives.  “For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  (Hebrews 4:12)

Spurgeon said, “The most important daily habit we can possess is to remind ourselves of the Gospel.”  

There is truly no better time to start the “reminding!”

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