In words that are both poignant and penetrating, Jesus described the way to follow Him was to become like a little child. This statement has been misunderstood for centuries as permission for Christ followers to be immature and superficial about their faith. Nothing could be farther from the truth. C.S. Lewis, in his classic book, Mere Christianity, wrote these words as a corrective to this faulty thinking:
“[Christ] wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single- minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.”
As relevant and important as these words are, it is intriguing to see what aspects of the passion week of Christ stick out to children. Their view of the Easter Story can be inspiring, funny, and downright cause many an eye to be a wee little misty. The result could also point to how much little children do not listen to their parents, Sunday school teachers, and pastors regarding basic facts about the week leading up the crucifixion of Christ. Or perhaps the ways we have not taught it well to them.
So without further ado, we present the hours before the death of Christ, as told (and brilliantly illustrated) by two children. Just try not smiling as you watch it…just you try.