“Who is Jesus? And why do you keep calling his name?”

By: Lisa Wilmore

My Christian Friends,

While journeying through life and engaged in the educational career God has given me, I have met great educators who have left their positive “stamp” on the lives of children. Because of their efforts during their tenure as an educator, they have helped children to reach their dreams as well as go beyond their highest potential. In reality, because teachers taught and believed in their students, they are successful doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, entrepreneurs, effective retail supporters, politicians, etc.

A moment ago, a long-time educator and I were discussing the difference between the attitudes of children in the present day and those we taught twenty years ago when I began my teaching career. We talked about the difference between the two as it relates to their absence of moral behaviors as well as their lack of respect for adults. In addition, the discussion revealed that educators could minimally correct the behaviors for some students without suffering from some type of accusations given from a family member.

This seasoned educator and I exchanged our thoughts and mainly our worries about our children and their treatment of those persons who supervise them throughout the day, during the school setting. As we discussed our concerns with children’s lack of interest in the academics, we realized that they have few positive influences to help them understand the value of an education.

Interestingly, the conversation continued in the vein of our children’s lack of church and Bible school attendance. She made mention of former students who were placed in her class because of their misbehavior. She was known to work well with troubled students, so she was always given the misbehaving students. She reflected on a time in her career when one particular student was a challenge; therefore, she would openly call on Jesus to help her. One day, while calling Jesus’ name, the student asked her, “Who is Jesus?” “And why do you keep calling His name?” To think about the possibility that we may have children at our “fingertips” and “back door” who have not heard about Jesus, grieved my heart. Wow! What now?

When children or the world ask the question, “Who is Jesus”, we must respond in the same manner that Peter responded when Jesus asked, “Whom do you say I am?” “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou are the Christ (Savior), the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15-16). Why? “God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).