The 6-week period of Lent leads up to Easter and is a time for believers to really take in all Jesus did for us through his death and resurrection. This Lent, we are preparing by digging deep into Jesus’ character through the pages of the Bible. Our daily Bible readings will go from Genesis to Revelation searching for Jesus and who he is. Our study uses the SOAP method of Bible study to seek an application for each reading (not sure what this is? Check out the What’s SOAP? tab). We have provided an example SOAP note below today’s reading. Join in this study by completing the daily readings and journaling using SOAP and you are welcome to use the Comments section at the bottom of our homepage to share or ask questions.
Jesus is kind.
Luke 18:15-17 – 15 People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Jesus Is Kind and the Zombie Apocalypse | Becky Newman
As the disciples try to stop all these parents begging Jesus to bless their littles, just touch them so just a little of His glory flows through, Jesus uses this opportunity to teach about faith. What makes a child’s faith different than an adult’s? Kids will believe anything you tell them, until as they grow, their experiences and knowledge lead to doubt and questioning. A kid is OK believing without knowing all the why’s and how’s. That’s the kind of faith it takes to get into the Kingdom. We’re not going to know all the answers, but faith covers that unknown and gets us in the doors of the Kingdom.
I miss my Sunday morning elementary class and my JAM Club kiddos at Hickory Hill. I learn from them just as much as I teach them about You. Last night I got to go to one of their birthday parties and so enjoyed the hilarious conversations of the kids trying to make sense of the world by likening it to a zombie apocalypse, because we all have way more experience with that, right? It was good comic relief in the heaviness of the last couple weeks. But You have me doing something different in this season, embracing my own kiddos even more, focusing on Bible study with them, on growing in our faith during a weird time. I spent a lot of time in the last few months teaching all of these kids to Be Kind Like Jesus, and now it’s time to just do it. However, I was informed that scientists will be the first to die in the zombie apocalypse, so my days are numbered. But I have faith, and even a zombie can’t stop me from entering the Kingdom.
Lord, help me to do well for You on this assignment. So many teachable moments right now — may I not miss them because of distraction. Grow our faith every day; may we be OK when You choose not to reveal all the answers to us. And please, Lord, bless each of the kiddos in my Sunday morning class and JAM Club and their parents as they take on the same assignment You’ve given me in this season. Touch us with just a little bit of Your glory.
The Discover One Thing main website has more resources on the SOAP method of Bible study. Click HERE to go to the website.