"Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."

 

Last week some time, Jonathan asked me to read him a story from his "Ark book" - which is the rhyming children's Bible that we have.  We started from the beginning and quickly got to the part about Adam and Eve's disobedience.  I was reading, and not really paying attention to Jonathan's face, so when I got to the end, right at the part where God banishes them from the garden, I was startled to hear him burst in to tears.  I quickly brought him to my lap (he had been standing on the couch) and cuddled him and we talked about how terribly sad it was that Adam and Eve had sinned and had to leave the garden and God's presence.

 

But of course the story does not end there!  How glorious to live on the other side of God's redemptive plan!  I opened the book again, turned to the end, and read about Jesus on the cross (the wages of sin is death) and of his resurrection (conquering death!)

 

We had such a sweet time together talking about it, and God gave me a glimpse of what he meant by entering the kingdom as a child.  The gravity of the fall and its consequences is not something I think much about on a regular basis, and Jonathan's horrified sorrow reminded me of what my reaction should be.  And how truly wonderful Christ's work of redemption really is!
Posted by Heather Daley on January 16, 2007, 1:07 pm | Read 4417 times
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awesome. what a greatgreat story. and reminder. :) ~liz
Posted by liz on January 16, 2007, 7:27 pm
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