On the twos and threes

Generally, I prefer one-to-one conversations. However, the Lord surprised me this year with twos and threes! One afternoon at the outreach, two twelve year old girls sat down at my table. Having been talking to adults up until this point, I asked the Lord to help me to change gear to talk to these two youngsters. Winnie and Amy were lovely kids and good friends. Winnie picked a card which read, ‘I am the Light of the world’. Amy then picked up one with Isaiah 53:5 on it: ‘He was pierced for our transgressions, and by his wounds we are healed’. I thank God that the age of twelve was a significant year in my own life; it was at that age that I read the Bible for the first time. I began telling them my testimony and, by referring to the cards they picked, explained the love of God and the gospel to them.

After I finished, I asked if they had any questions. Amy asked, ‘If Jesus was a Jew, why don’t Jewish people become Christians?’ I told her that this was a good question and asked whether she was Jewish. She nodded; it turned out that she was from a Reform background. Amy’s question gave me the opportunity to explain the gospel again, from a Jewish perspective. Besides referring to the verse from Isaiah 53, I also tried to engage her by asking her questions. I asked if she remembered the name of the third cup (the Cup of Redemption) at the Passover Seder. When I told them how Jesus explained that cup, Amy was surprised to learn that Jesus’ last supper was a Passover meal! When we had almost finished talking, Winnie’s mobile rang; it was their parents looking for them. I gave each of them a children’s book entitled the Book of Hope along with a gospel and also gave Amy a booklet called L’Chaim (To Life). Before they left, I opened the book of Romans and told them that once there was a Jewish rabbi who, after he found out that Jesus was the Messiah sent by God, wrote: ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes; to the Jew first (I looked at Amy) and also to the Greek (I looked at Winnie)’. Then I prayed for them and gave them a hug before they left. From my own experience, I would not underestimate the impact that Jesus and His Word can have on the lives of twelve year old kids. I sincerely pray that this would be the case in Amy and Winnie’s lives and that they will come to know their Maker and Redeemer.

This article was first published in the Autumn Herald of 2012

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