Leave it to my two-year-old to summarize the Bible in three words. Kids see things we don’t see through all the mess and complication of life.
I’ve started a daily quiet time where we both read our bibles together, quietly. I have varying degrees of success with this, but the more we do it, the better it’s going (on good days, I get fifteen minutes of very interrupted reading time).
Lizzy doesn’t quite understand the idea of silent reading, so while I read my Bible, she reads one of her seven children’s bibles out loud (can you have too much of a good thing?). At first, I found it highly distracting and slightly annoying, but then I started listening to what she was saying.
Most of the time, she opens one of her Bibles, turns to a story, and says “Jesus is alive!!,” then turns to another story and yells the same thing. It doesn’t matter if the story is about Noah or Jonah or today’s example, The Tower of Babel—“Jesus is Alive!!”
And you know, she’s right.
Jesus is alive today, as he was yesterday (in the Bible stories), and will be in the future. He’s the great “I AM,” the name God shared with Moses (Yahweh). He is, and he always has been, and he always will be.
But it’s more than that. Because Jesus is alive, he conquered death on that cross. That’s the good news, the big deal about Easter, that whole sin, death, suffering thing is over because of him, because Jesus is alive.
Those Bible stories, even the really old ones, where the pictures books focus on the animals frolicking in the Garden of Eden or on Noah’s ark, they’re also saying that Jesus is alive.
In the Garden, when death first rears its ugly head, God promises that Jesus is coming on a rescue mission. He’ll crush that awful snake (Genesis 3:15). Jesus is alive!
When Noah builds that ark, and God rescues people he loves from destruction, it’s the same thing Jesus does when he rescues us from destruction, from death and hell. Jesus is Alive!
And that tower, all about people trying to reach heaven, to build a powerful fortress to protect them and bring them to the level of God. That’s about Jesus too. He is a tower, but not one created by man. He’s the fortress, the sanctuary. This tower is built from heaven down, bringing God down to us (not us to God’s level). Jesus is Alive!
Why is it that my college students have such a hard time finding the major theme in short stories, but my two-year-old nailed the major theme of one of the longest and most complex books in the world?
Jesus told us this would happen. The kids get it. The wise adult’s don’t.
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children (Matthew 11:25 ESV).
Jesus is Alive! What more is there to say?
If you like thinking about how the Bible is all about Jesus, I highly recommend The Jesus Storybook Bible, which is one of Lizzy’s favorites as well.