He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. Mark 14:33-34
I was flicking through some children’s church resources when it struck me that all the disturbing stories about Jesus were absent. The uncomfortable things he said had been toned down. His anger, frustrations and sadness weren’t even mentioned and his joy was either toned down or missing altogether.
Understandably, this happens since Jesus’ teaching was for adults, not small children, but I wonder if we do our children a disservice by only teaching them about the comfortable things Jesus said and did. If these children grow up and leave the church with no more than a childish understanding of Jesus, they have a very incomplete picture of him.
Throughout the New Testament, we see Jesus experience the whole gamut of human emotions. From hunger and thirst to deep depression, to simply being tired. We see him experience hurts and frustrations, as well as being full of joy. Some thought he was just a good teacher and we see him attract great crowds. But we also see those same crowds leave in droves when not everything he said was palatable. Jesus was always approachable, but some left dissatisfied. He was often at the centre of controversy and threaten to upset the status quo. The religious leaders plotted for months to have him killed.
There is so much more to Jesus than we heard about as children. Jesus was fully human and experienced all our emotions. He was also God and gave his life for us.
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