I have been wanting to see the movie “Do You Believe?” ever since it came out. I think it’s so wonderful that there are powerful testimony movies at the theaters. I remember how powerful it was to watch the movie “God’s Not Dead.” Had the same feeling today.
This movie points to the power of the Cross and to the decision we all have to make to stand up for Jesus and what we believe.
We have just celebrated Easter. It’s the time of the year when we more than otherwise reflect on the God-Man, on Jesus made one of us so he could save us.
I have a story that I hope you can share with some children. Maybe with your kids or grandchildren. Or with your students or the neighborhood kids. It explains in a visual way the great miracle of God coming to be one of us.
Here is the file to print the story: 48 Johnny and the ant hill
Here is a picture to color: 48 Johnny
JOHNNY AND THE ANT HILL
Johnny and his dad walked happily through the woods. Johnny loved it when he and his father went for a walk.
It was a beautiful day! The sun was shining in a blue sky with the clouds forming fun designs. Johnny liked looking for animal designs. Once he saw a cloud that looked like an elephant.
THE ANT HILL
Johnny hopped and jumped cheerfully down the path while talking with his dad. He was so happy and distracted that he didn’t realize that he had hopped on an ant hill.
“Oh Daddy, look what I’ve done. Poor little ants!” Johnny cried.
The ants were running to and fro, as desperate as could be. He had ruined their home.
“Dad, what can we do to help the ants repair their house?” Johnny asked.
“We can’t do much, Son,” Dad replied. “We are very large. Maybe if we could transform ourselves into ants we could do something.”
“Us? Transform into ants?” Johnny said. “How could we possibly do that?”
Johnny imagined what it would be like to gradually shrink and to slowly become as tiny as an ant.
Then Dad looked at Johnny and said, “What happened to the ants makes me think of how it was with God a long time ago. Although He created our world perfectly, it became ruined by sin. God wanted to help us, just like we want to help the ants.”
“How did He do it?” Johnny said.
GOD BECAME MAN
Dad explained to Johnny that God sent His Son to become like one of us. He arranged for His Son to be born as a human baby. He was born to a family in Nazareth. Mary was his mother. Jesus was born by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Although God was His Father, He chose Joseph to be the father of Jesus here on earth. Just as we would have become an ant to help the ants, Jesus came into the world to be like one of us to help us.
Jesus not only came to live among us, but He died on the cross to pay for our sins. Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and ate the forbidden fruit. They lost fellowship with God and were cast out of the garden and away from God’s presence.
JESUS TOOK OUR PUNISHMENT
Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, we are all born sinners. Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins. But God raised Jesus from the dead and He now lives in heaven with His Father God. If we accept His payment for our sins and ask Him to come into our heart and be the Lord of our life, someday we will live with Him in heaven too.
“Jesus understands us because He became like one of us,” said Dad.
“How good!” Johnny said with a sigh. “Jesus understands me because He once was a kid like me.”
Johnny walked along in silence. He could not stop thinking about Jesus and the ants.
BELIEVE IN JESUS
Even if Johnny and his dad had been able to help the ants, the ants would have had to accept the help. You could have the best intentions to help someone but if they don’t accept your help, you couldn’t do anything.
It is the same with Jesus. God sent his Son to be your Savior, but He can’t help you if you don’t accept His help. Many people do not want to receive the salvation that Jesus offers. But if you believe in Jesus and receive Him as your Lord and Savior, you are saved. Jesus, the Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us. What an awesome thing!
As in the movie I watched today, I ask the question, “Do you believe?” Nothing is more important. Believe in Jesus!