So far we’ve looked into a lot of the negative aspects of He Gets Us, where they could have done better, and where they fell very short. But today, I wanted to focus on something positive. What?! Yup. I’m not always a “Negative Ned” as some may think I am. I do have some positive things to say, especially with the other commercial from the Superbowl in particular: “Be Childlike.” The video is below, but click the link for the explanation of the video.
We are to come to Christ like little children
Without the explanation of the video it really wouldn’t make sense. I wish they, like all other videos and explanations, used Bible verses to show where these things are so that people can read them in context, but I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too. But these are the verses that the video is describing:
Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.Mark 10:13-16 NKJV
This is so true. God wants us to come to Him as if we are children, with childlike faith, not childish faith. Children don’t ask the deep questions. They may not understand everything at first. They cry, whine, are constantly needing to be fed and nursed. The milk they receive, the care, the love, the nourishment. What does it boil down to? Trust. The infant, baby, child, entirely trust the parents with everything. They leave everything to the parents to worry about.
Children are not always humble or innocent. But children receive and don’t feel like they have to earn everything they get. Children are only in a place of receiving. They don’t refuse gifts. They cannot earn wages. So we cannot go to Jesus and work for our salvation. We must come as a child and just receive what He has done on the cross.
Jesus loves the little children
But this says a lot about who Jesus was too. Jesus wanted the children to come to Him. Jesus cares for the little ones just as much as the adults. Children are not insignificant to Jesus Christ. What can a child do? For starters, a child brings hope. Hope that family lines can be extended at least one more generation. Hope that you can pour into them knowledge, faith, and life skills. That they learn to trust the Father as much as the parents do. To be better human beings, useful to society, and used for good in the battle for the souls of men. Children bring joy to parents, and it is a joy for a father and mother do pour into their child and give them the very best. Jesus wants to give us the very best, but all we can do is receive it by faith.
Eventually we grow up, but not too quickly
At the end of the video, it says, “Jesus didn’t want us to act like adults.” Not at first. Infants, children, and toddlers aren’t expected to do much if not anything. They are to learn, grow, get strong; over time finding their place in their world. Eventually, Jesus wants us to act like adults. His Word says to act like adults.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.1 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV
We must remember children are supposed to grow up. We do know this, right? Parents are not raising children — they are raising adults. What a child learns in the beginning years will set a course to what they learn in the next stages of their development. I mean, how many times do you see grown men identifying as a little girl or baby because of some psychological disorder. How tragic? But even grown men gaming like kids; the modern day equivalent to playing army or “Cowboys & Indians,” while their own wife or children are being ignored. In reality and at the end of the day, all video games are is controlling light on a screen without any fruit to show for it in the real world. Eventually we are told to act like men.
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV
But, then again…adult Christians are still the children of God. With that, we are to still have childlike faith. We believe the Bible that it is true, relevant, and written by Almighty God. We believe the universe was created in six literal days, Noah’s Ark and flood were a real event, Sampson was strong and mighty as they say, and young David struck down the most mightiest Philistine warrior the world has ever known with a single rock. It’s not that these things are without proof they existed — because there is ample archeological proof in the Bible. But, we believe it like a child, not searching for proof, but trust the Father that His Word is pure, timeless, and whole. For that reason, in faith — maybe Jesus doesn’t want us to act like adults.
It’s great an organization or group wants people to know Jesus in a more powerful and personal way. That’s fantastic. But, we need to know which Jesus they are presenting, because as the real Jesus points out: there will be false Christs and false prophets in the end days. I believe those days are here.
I sincerely hope that the organizations that presented He Gets Us take a hard look into the truth and examine what they are doing. Admit the wrong that took place, and fix it. It doesn’t matter what people think of them, but what God thinks. Add Scripture references, sell more Bibles than t-shirts, elevate Jesus’ deity and Godhood; and get good Bible believing and teaching (Sola Scriptura) churches to do follow up. In the end, we should perform to an audience of ONE — Jesus Christ.
His words have meaning to Him, and we need to convey that in a Biblical way in context to what is written. We can’t change what He said, or make it look more presentable. Jesus Christ’s words have meaning. Sometimes they are difficult and hard; other times they are soft and gentle. Both are necessary.
We are not to be ashamed of Jesus’ words:
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”Mark 8:38 NKJV
But we are to abide in them, believe them, and hold them in our hearts.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.John 15:7 NKJV
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