Just Ask Him
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:1-4
The time America spent sitting in front of our televisions watching the infamous chase of the white Bronco by the Los Angeles Police Department and then the year we were afforded to watch the trial take place caused a lot of questions and debate.
We were filled with information about this man and this particular event that happened. I know that probably across the country in many homes there were days and nights spent trying to decide what a person thought or felt about the whole of this matter.
Each night we watched a courtroom fill and the summoned questioned over and over, while lawyers argued and a judge pounded his gavel for some sense of order when things got out of hand. We questioned the circumstances and the alibis, the morals of the witnesses that took the stand, the evidence that was provided and the demeanor of the one on trial.
Through all of this our boys (5 and 6 years old at the time) saw and heard all the goings on, never seeming to take much interest in all the discussions. They busied themselves with their toys and games, playing hard in imagination and pretends; happy to be living their lives, not being affected with all the drama being played out on the t.v., until one of them was.
Corey (5) came walking through the room where his dad and I were sitting and nonchalantly asked his daddy what was all this about. Why is this man on our t.v. every night and why do they keep talking and talking about the glove, the cut on his finger and the blood in his vehicle? All the things I didn't think he was noticing, but he had.
Dana did a very good job of explaining it all to him in a way that a 5 year old could take in and understand but not lose sleep over. He gave him the highlight reel to the life of this man that was a sports hero to some but in a day's time this same man's grasp on reality became at the very least, questionable; How the court was having to call in all of these people to testify for him and against him to see if he could possibly had been involved in this criminal act. When Dana finished with his summary Corey climbed up into his lap and innocently but with all seriousness asked, "Daddy, why don't they just ask him if he did it?"
"Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31,32)
How easy it would be if we could take people of situations or instances at face value. What a better world it would be if truth were the first impression on people's minds; living worthy, good morales and standing for what is right and good. But it's not and it will not be until Christ returns. There's this thing called sin that grips this earth and churns it with an unfathomable strength and vitality that one would believe there is no hope.
Thank goodness we do have hope in the form of a Man who lived and died and rose again to set us free. Truth is in His right hand and He holds it out to us everyday. It is my prayer that we would come to Jesus with innocence and humbleness as a child, seeking His love through repentance and honesty by placing our faith in Him as our Lord and Savior.
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, As You stood on trial before your accusers You were perfectly innocent. Your Word speaks loudly to me of what truth really is. Thank You that You are the Truth. I seek You in Your Word and ask You to help me abide in the promises there. I love You. Amen.