Anyone that knows me knows that I’ve been teaching Sunday school since the age of 12. That’s early for that kind of ministry, but I’ve always loved Jesus and would do anything to edify the kingdom. Sunday school just so happened to be what was and is needed.
After over 12 years of teaching Sunday school I was burnt out! So I’ve been on “vacation” for the past year or so, and I’m not going to lie, it’s been a much needed break. This Sunday I was in church and the youth minister was out, so my pastor turned to me and asked me to teach a group of 8 students ages 4-12. I wasn’t prepared, but I asked the Holy Spirit to guide me.
We studied John 14: 1-6. It was a good lesson. I really think the kids enjoyed themselves and learned/reinforced a lot. By teaching the class, though, I think I received the most benefit. The lesson I learned from my students is:
ONLY ONE ANSWER MATTERS!
Having a group of students ranging from, “I just want to color,” to “I just want to talk with my friends,” is difficult. So to keep all the kids engaged, I ask a lot of question before, during, and after the lesson. And I realized, every kid, no matter the age, no matter the question, always shouts the same answer: JESUS!
It doesn’t matter what question I ask, whether or not “Jesus” is the appropriate answer, or if it even makes sense, the kids always yell out Jesus. It’s actually quite humorous but it made me think. Why is it that they always yell out, “Jesus!” And it came to me. 85% of the time, in Sunday school, “Jesus,” is the right answer to the question. The kids know that they have a great chance of getting the answer correct if they stick with, “Jesus,” as the response.
That Sunday school class simplified a biblical truth for me in such an innocent way. The best answer to any question, problem, or dilemma is Jesus. How timely was this realization with the text of the Sunday school lesson?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
As adults, we complicate things by trying to figure things out on our own, but in reality, the bible has addressed every issue we will encounter and we must first look to Jesus to answer life’s questions. Jesus is THE [one] way, THE [one] truth, and THE [one] life. We turn to Jesus by praying and reading the bible – because the Jesus is the word in the flesh (John 1:14).