Through The Eyes Of A Child

“Do You Know Bailey’s Jesus?”

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.God recently allowed me to see Jesus through the eyes of someone seeing Him for the first time. Having the advantage of knowing how the story ends, we can easily forget the cost of our redemption and the Love of our Saviour.

Every year we attend a local Church pageant which tells the Story of Jesus from His birth through His resurrection. It is a spectacular event, with live animals and hundreds of cast members in realistic costumes.

The Magi enter the huge auditorium on Llamas from the rear, descending the steps in pomp and majesty. Roman Soldiers look huge and menacing in their costumes and makeup.

Of all the years we have attended, one stands out indelibly in my heart. It was the year we took our then three-year-old Granddaughter, Bailey, who Loves Jesus. She was totally mesmerized throughout the entire play, not just watching, but involved as if she were a player. She watches as Joseph and Mary travel to the Inn and is thrilled when she sees
the baby Jesus in His Mother’s arms.

Later when Jesus, on a young Donkey, descends the steps from the back of the auditorium, depicting His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Bailey was ecstatic. As he neared our aisle, Bailey began jumping up and down, screaming, “Jesus, Jesus! There’s Jesus!” Not just saying the words but exclaiming them with every fiber of her being. She alternated between screaming his name and hugging us. “It’s Jesus. Look!” I thought she might actually pass out.

Tears filled my eyes as I looked at Jesus through the eyes of a Child in Love with Him, seeing Him for the first time. How like the blind beggar screaming out in reckless abandon, “Jesus, Jesus!”, afraid he might miss Him, not caring what others thought.

This was so much fun but… then came the arrest scene.

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On stage, the Soldiers shoved and slapped Jesus as they moved Him from the Garden of Gethsemane to Pilate. Bailey responded as if she were in the crowd of Women, with terror and anger. “Stop it!” she screamed. “Bad Soldiers, stop it!” As I watched her reaction, I wished we had talked to her before the play.

“Bailey it’s OK. They are just pretending,” but she shouted “They are hurting Jesus! Stop it!”She stood in her seat reacting to each and every move. People around us at first smiled at her reaction, thinking “How cute!”. Then they quit smiling and began watching her watch Him. In a most powerful scene, the Soldiers lead Jesus carrying the cross down the steps of the auditorium from the back. They were yelling, whipping, and cursing at Jesus, who was bloodied and beaten.

Bailey was now hysterical. “Stop it! Soldiers! Stop it,” she screamed. She must have been wondering why all these people did nothing. She then began to cry instead of scream.

“Jesus, Oh, Jesus!” People all around us began to weep as we all watch this devoted little Disciple see her Jesus beaten and killed as those first Century Disciples had. Now going back and forth between her Mother’s lap and mine for comfort, she was distraught. I kept saying, “Bailey, it’s OK. Jesus is going to be OK. These are just people pretending to be Soldiers. She looked at me like I was crazy. In my lap, we talked through the cross and burial. “Watch, Bailey, watch for Jesus!”

The Tomb began to tremble and lightening flashed as the stone rolled away. A Super Bowl Touchdown cheer couldn’t come close to matching this little one’s reaction to the resurrection. “Jesus! He’s OK Mommy, it’s Jesus!” ” It’s Jesus!”

I prayed that she wasn’t going to be traumatized by this event, but that she would remember it. I shall never forget it. I shall never forget seeing Jesus’ suffering, Crucifixion, and Resurrection through the eyes of an innocent Child.

Following the pageant the Actors all assembled in the foyer to be greeted by the Audience. As we passed by some of the Soldiers Bailey screamed out, “Bad Soldier, don’t you hurt Jesus.”

The Actor who portrayed Jesus was some distance away surrounded by well-wishers and friends. Bailey broke away from us and ran toward Him, wrapping herself around his legs, holding on for dear life. He hugged her and said, “Jesus Loves you.” He patted her to go away. She wouldn’t let go. She kept clinging to Him, laughing and calling His name. She wasn’t about to let go of her Jesus.

I think God in Heaven stopped what ever was going on that day and made all the Angels watch Bailey and said… ..”Now, look there! You see what I meant when I said;” “Let the little Children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” ( Matthew 19:14 )

Then Jesus called a little Child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little Children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little Child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever receives one little Child like this in My name receives Me. Matthew 18:2-5 (N.K.J.V)

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About Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

Hi I’m a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my name is Anne. I live in Queensland Australia, I’m very much a People person believing we are all people of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free.
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15 Responses to Through The Eyes Of A Child

  1. Oh to have such passion for Jesus, if only we could cling onto such child like vision and love
    If it were possible, I would want to remain a child all of mylife

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    • I’m sure you have Passion too Graham, you Love Jesus with all your Heart, He is your Lord and Saviour and no doubt your also not Happy Clappy when you see pictures of Him suffering.

      I cried when I watched Hollywood’s The Passion of Christ, I had to turn the T.V off it hurt too much because even though it was just a Movie I knew it was True that Jesus suffered greatly for us.

      Sorry Graham for taking so long to respond to your Comment , I have been packing all day, I still have a few weeks before the move but there is a lot to sort through and pack.

      Christian Love – Anne.

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  2. T says:

    This touched me, If only we all could see like the little girl sees.

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  3. Patty B says:

    This touched me to the deepest part of me…..My prayer will now be for my heart to reflect that of Bailey, what an inspiring story and a reminder of what it is to love Christ with our whole being not ust a part. 🙂

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    • Yes it is a wonderful True Life Story Patty that really touched my heart too, I still have more to write in regard to how I put Jesus on the Cross but like you I have prayed that I will have a heart of Love both for Jesus and others and never take either for granted and continue to always show others they are indeed people of worth regardless of who they are but this does not mean I have to accept the wrong they do and say, Jesus didn’t but He still Loved them and we do so too.

      Thank you Patty for visiting and taking the time to comment and just so you know , you already have a big heart of Love! it is very noticeable.

      Christian Love Always – Anne.

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  5. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Dru, I so Love your gentle and compassionate heart, I do understand how you feel, to be honest I can’t watch the Passion of Christ, even my animations of Christ’s crucifixion upset me, like you I remember it was my sin that caused His suffering and death, but I also have tears of Joy realising just how much He Loved me, His Love was so great He chose to suffer and die for me so I could be forgiven and also set free from the slavery of sin and in that Joy I remember His great Love and continually give thanks.

    Love you my dear friend – Annie

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  6. Annie, You did it again, You made me cry. To have that sweet love and adoration is what we should all strive for in our relationship with our Lord.

    Reading this, I remembered my first time watching The Passion. I sobbed through the whole movie, and, even though I knew as an adult that it was just a movie that I was watching, I too screamed at the screen for them to stop torturing Him, because I knew the movie was showing exactly what He went through for me. I screamed in my heart and soul, but a couple times was so overwhelmed, I actually screamed out loud.

    I remember hearing Jim Caviezel say that as he was preparing for the part, he prayed that God would let him act in such a way that we would not see him but actually see Jesus in him when we watched the movie. I think he did a phenominal job and believe God answered that prayer because when I watch it, I don’t see the actor, but my Lord and Savior.

    Thank you Annie for sharing this story.

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  7. Thank You for Sharing Bailey’s experience…this is a living example of how we should be as little children.

    Jillian

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Very True Jillian, just as a child, dependant and Trusting and our Love expressed with heart felt passion, thank you for sharing, your thoughts and feelings are of true value.

      Christian Love Anne.

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  8. Lady Deidre says:

    Dear Annie,
    What an awe inspiring story! It makes me cry. We’re so busy being adults we forget the simple truth — love Jesus as a child does!
    God Bless You,
    Lady D

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    • Freedomborn says:

      What a beautiful simplicity of faith you have Lady D, when you believe something to be true you run with it, you don’t allow doubts and negativity to block your focus, much like a child, in fact I think a will post a quiz for you tomorrow I’m sure you will have all the answers, anyway even if you don’t, you are indeed a blessing to share with, but not your critters.

      Christian Love Annie

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