Monday, February 14, 2011

Jesus Loves the Children

I had an awesome opportunity yesterday to witness God's hand at work in some very special teenagers.  I had been invited to attend the baptism of my 16-year-old nephew.  Scott is "special" because he is autistic.  He is not very verbal (except about food) and has many self-stim habits (hits himself on the head, can't sit still, etc.).  We don't really know what goes on in Scott's mind and body, but, we do know that Jesus loves Scott.  Jesus died for Scott.  And Scott has learned to affirm with his words that Jesus lives in his heart.  He "went under" like a champ and then swam like a fish out of the baptistry!

On the same day, Stacie, a friend of my niece, was also baptized.  She cried as she gave her testimony before the baptism, acknowledging that she was a sinner, saved by God's grace.  Jesus loves Stacie.  He died and rose again for her.

On the same day, and during the same service, Kaleigh, another friend of my niece, decided to give her heart to Jesus Christ.  Kaleigh was raised in a Buddhist household.  When asked what she would tell her mother, she replied, "Well, she'll just have to accept it.  There is no going back now!"  She did not have this boldness last week or the week before, but once she made the decision, Jesus gave her peace and the Holy Spirit gave her boldness to witness!  Jesus loves Kaleigh.  Jesus died for Kaleigh.  And her family.

Jesus loves me.  He died for me.  Jesus loves you.  He died for you too.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

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