My children believe that any person wearing metal armor or a head piece is a “Men-o-Knight”. So, you can imagine the smiles that crack on people’s faces when they talk about dressing up as “Men-o-Knights” and fighting with swords. This took a whole different turn, however, when they brought home a paper from Sunday School that had Jesus on the cross, surrounded by Roman soldiers.
“The Men-O-Knights killed Jesus,” my oldest one said. You can’t help but wonder what Mennonites think of this accusation. But hence the challenge of explaining why Jesus had to die to younger children. They are concerned about “the ouchies in Jesus hands” and they want to give Him a hug, but they cannot yet grasp the concept that He had to die because they did wrong.
This realization is something that we all must come to. At some point we must all realize that it wasn’t the Jews, the Romans, or anyone else that put Christ on the cross– it was all of sinful men.
It was for the rebellion that we expressed. It was for the disobedience we do every day. It’s for the ungodly thoughts we have and the things that we do in the flesh. Our sin sent Jesus to the cross out of His love for us.
We must first realize we are sinners in order to see our need for a Savior.