Mayliyn and the story of judas.

       I consistently pray for my kids as I prepare for each session. I pray Ephesians 1:17-19 for them and that God would open their eyes and hearts during our time together, especially during our discipleship time. Today, I had my high energized 7-year-old who loves to talk up a storm and bounce off walls. She comes from a Catholic home and her mom tells me she doesn’t like catechism or her teacher. This surprised me as she absolutely loves talking about God and Jesus. In fact, the first season I had her I couldn’t even get her to remember who Jesus is and the story of creation, but now, it’s all she talks about. She absorbs everything I say like a sponge.

       Today was one of those days. Our lesson was about the Last Supper. As I read the story she couldn’t believe that people hated Jesus and wanted to kill Him. Soon enough it was time to talk about Judas and Jesus’ conversation around the dinner table… Her mouth hung wide open. She was so angry that Judas would betray Jesus and turn Him in later. I thought to myself “well, she obviously gets what’s going on in this story.”

        It was time to color the picture that related to the story. I found one with Jesus and his disciples sitting around the table and Jesus breaking the bread. She looked at every disciple in the picture and said firmly, “which one is the evil one?” I replied, “evil one?” “yes” she replied as she looked at each of their faces. “Not him, not him, not him, not him…that one is evil!”, pointing with her finger, “He has a small smile, he must be Judas. If he had a big smile he would love Jesus, but he is kind of smiling which means he knew he was going to betray Jesus.”

       She didn’t even bother to color Judas… He didn’t deserve to be colored…

       I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s moments like this where I remember what it’s like to be a kid. For bible stories to feel real. To feel the pain Jesus must have felt knowing a friend would soon betray Him. To have faith like a child.

       The most exciting part was that she asked afterwards if it was good that Jesus was killed on the cross and that God let Him die. Talk about an open-ended question! This is the fourth or fifth time within our conversations I’ve been able to explain the gospel and why Jesus died on the cross for us. She continues to constantly ask questions each session that open to the good news. While she begins to understand it, I hope one day she stops me to ask if she can ask Jesus to be her Savior. Until that day, I will continue to share the gospel, eagerly waiting, as God works in this little girls’ heart.

 

[Jesus] said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

Matthew 18:3

 

 

 

Judas did  not “deserve to be colored” according to Mayliyn.

Hailey Stambach

Hailey Stambach