Question: My young son has been asking me how Jesus could be God and how He existed before He was born. As I started trying to explain, it all sounded so weird to me, too! I don’t know what to tell him! Any ideas or resources you can recommend?
Answer: Let’s start by celebrating the fact that your son’s big spirit is engaged, aware, and highly active! That’s exactly what we want, as we work with our Heavenly Father to raise these big-spirited children He’s given us.
Next, please be aware that because Father tasked parents with making it better for our children, and the children with building it bigger, that our children are actually ahead of us in many ways. That’s Father original design and intent. It’s good. Recognize this, and be aware there will be many times your son’s questions, observations and wisdom are beyond you. Don’t stress! It’s 100% normal in Father’s design. Even though conventional thought is for parents to be ahead of and train their children in all things, that’s just not how Father designed it. They will be ahead of us in many areas.
In fact, our families are micro-churches, and as such, we learn from our children as well as teach them. Further, they minister to us, and we minister to them! By the grace of God, take a breath, and savor their wisdom and observations. [hint: Write those precious words and observations down and savor them privately like Mary, the mother of Jesus, did.]
Here are some principles from Scripture you can share with him.
Heaven and earth are two different worlds. Heaven is forever.
To come to earth, you have to come as a baby. The time is different in Heaven and on earth. Scripture says one day in Heaven with the Lord is like 1,000 years on earth (2 Peter 3:8).
They are two different places, two different times.
But Father wanted to have a family that was different, different than the angels He already had, so that’s why Jesus came.
He stepped in to earth as a baby, like you, in a different time, in this world, to give his life (his blood) to forgive sins, so that Father would have his family that lasts forever, and is different from the angels.
I love Todd Burpo’s book for children, based on his son Colton’s experience with the Lord in Heaven while he was so sick. It is really easy to understand and will give your son a warm and true picture of the Heavenly Father, the Lord, and the Holy Spirit in the atmosphere of Heaven. This book also talks about Jesus coming to bring the Father’s family back to Him. Click here for his book available on Amazon.
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by Crystal Wade, copyright 2019