Like most toddlers, he loves slap stick.
Reference: “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19 NIV
Explore: I’ve seen quite a few children’s movies recently with my toddler. I’m always fascinated at what he laughs at compared to what I laugh at.
Like most toddlers, he loves slap stick. If someone falls over or hits their head he is in fits of laughter.
Whereas I appreciate the subtle humour that most children’s movie writers put in for the parent’s benefit. I will chuckle when they make a comment about a cultural reference or mimic a well-known movie.
My chuckling often surprises my toddler. He hasn’t seen the humour at that part, so he will either pretend to understand and laugh with me, or he’ll ask, “What’s funny?”
Of course explaining a joke never makes it funny to the person who didn’t get it first time!
It is interesting to see how much more I can appreciate in a clever movie just because I have greater knowledge and experience than my toddler.
Application: When I read through Jesus’ words in the gospels I am always encouraged by His commitment to love that extends to my life today. But I often wonder how much the disciples really understood at the time.
I read the gospels with a post-resurrection understanding. I already know Jesus is killed but He rises again.
My greater knowledge helps me to have a better understanding of what Jesus was talking about.
The disciples, however, were still back in their “toddler” phase. Jesus had not shown His ultimate power against death so their understanding was not complete.
Let us not stay in a toddler phase of understanding Jesus. He promises to always be with us so let’s hold on to the Spirit’s presence, continue reading the word and commit to deepening our understanding of our incredible Saviour.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your on-going commitment to us. May we continue to grow in our understanding of You. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.