Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life... he who feeds on this bread will live forever" (John 6:35 & 58)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I Know Something You Don't Know

Like millions of other viewers this summer, our family watched the televised verdict and ensuing aftermath in the recent Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida.  Several news organizations drew comparisons between this "shocking not guilty verdict" and that of the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995.  During one such show, my 11-year-old gave me a puzzled look and asked, "O.J.?  Who in the world is O.J. Simpson?"

WHAT?! Who is O.J. Simpson?  White bronco chase...bloody glove... if it doesn't fit you must acquit?!  How could anybody NOT know who O.J. Simpson is?

But the saga that was the Simpson Trial is no longer making headlines.  Magazines have stopped putting O.J. on their covers.  People have moved on to other topics of discussion.  How could anyone in a new generation know who the players involved were or what issues were really going on unless they were told?

I believe that is why God stresses to us in His Word the importance of sharing our knowledge and personal experiences with Him to our children and grandchildren in order for us to teach, prepare, & bless future generations:
What we have heard and known,
what our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
He decreed statues for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers
to teach their children,
so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God
and not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands." - Psalm 78:3-7

Taking this one step further, we ought to be mindful of people from all ages and generations.  We can't assume they have been told about God's love or know of His Sacrifice on our behalf.  We need to have the readiness Peter writes about when he says, "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15). 

If you are ready, then you'll know what to say someday when someone gives you a puzzled look and asks, "Jesus?  Who in the world is Jesus Christ?"

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