In a previous blog, I told about “The Victorian House” … and about a book that pictured it … the house, the tree, and the picket fence … as well as a brass bookmark that had the same imagery. Well, the book was entitled, If Jesus Came To My House, by Joan G. Thomas. It is a children’s story about a little boy, whom Jesus comes to visit … and Jesus is a little boy as well … “… about the same size as me.”
This book was a very special gift from the wife of my prayer partner. And while it matched up with “the house inside” … and I liked the thought of Jesus being able to really identify with my “child” parts, my “little ones” … yet I was somehow uncomfortable … it just wasn’t “theologically sound” for Jesus to be a little boy like me … or was it?
This morning as I was having my morning devotions … I thought of the “little lamb” that “the Good Shepherd” was holding in the crook of His arm, in the stained glass window that I saw every Sunday, looking past my father in the pulpit … yes, looking past the one who abused me so horribly … to the One that I hoped could save me. It isn’t that I have any conscious memories of putting my faith in Him … but I know I was looking to Jesus … even with my limited understanding as a child.
Jesus said to His disciples, “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10 He also 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.” Matthew 18:3 “Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray …” Matthew 19:13
Then the LORD brought this verse to mind … “He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.” Isaiah 40:11 This was the picture that God had given me of His beloved Son when I was just a young boy … “He will gather the lambs with His arm … and carry them in His bosom.” In addition to that … He will “gently lead those who are with young.” Those of us who have been through SRA and RA “are with young.” We have “little ones” that need tender and gentle care.
The message of Christmas is that Jesus became like us … became a little child … even a baby … entering into the world with the express purpose of saving us from our sins. But in doing so, He fully and completely identified Himself with us. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Somehow … not quite sure how … God took me to a verse in Isaiah … “Then the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” Isaiah 11:6
Who is this “little child” that shall lead “them”? I believe that this is a prophetic statement made by the Holy Spirit, through the prophet Isaiah, about the coming Yeshua Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. If you read the entire chapter, Isaiah chapter 11 … it is clearly a prophetic passage concerning our Savior and Lord.
“A little child shall lead them.” This is Who we need to lead us out of our brokenness … our woundedness … One Who has the heart of a child … so “gentle and humble” (Matthew 11:28-30) … He welcomes us with open arms. Maybe … just maybe … this little book is not wrong after all … Jesus has the ability to come to us … even to our “little ones” … our “child” parts … as “a little child” … for, as our High Priest, He has the ability to completely identify with us, to fully understand our pain … our hurt. He can enter “the house inside” and relate to us in a completely compassionate and understanding way (Revelation 3:20).
I am not a “theologian” … or a “scholar” … but I look back at how God sent that little children’s book … and the brass bookmark … to me, to say that Jesus could fully identify with my “little ones” who were hurting so bad. I don’t think that I am taking this one verse out of context … think it over and pray about it … regardless of whether I am understanding this verse correctly, Jesus is our “merciful and faithful High Priest” (Hebrews 2:17) … “in all things He had to be made like His brethren …” I do not know that He will heal all my brokenness before taking me into eternity … there will be tears for Him to wipe away in heaven … I have my suspicions that some of my “little ones” will be with me through this “vale of tears” … so that I will always remember where I have come from … from all that He alone has delivered me from.
One more thought … the words “all in all” come to mind … three verses:
“And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.” 1 Corinthians 12:6
“Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.” 1 Corinthians 15:28
“And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:22-23
Let Him be your “all in all.” “A little child shall lead them.” “I AM WHO I AM.”
Blessings always in Yeshua alone!