The Man with Twigs on His Head

Now that our son is old enough for Cub Scouts, Jeff has volunteered to be a Cub Scout den leader. It’s one way we invest in our local community.

Our pack meets at a local church, and the room we meet in happens to have a picture of Jesus on the wall behind the flag.

Last week, after the boys finished saying the pledge of allegiance, one boy admitted, “Mr. Jeff, I didn’t really say the pledge, I was looking at the man with twigs on his head.”

For those who have been around church-life for a while, it’s hard to imagine how anyone could not know about Jesus and the cross.

Isn’t everyone familiar with the Story?

Judas betraying. Peter denying. The rooster crowing. The crowd screaming. The soldiers nailing. The disciples hiding. The women weeping. Jesus dying.

The man with twigs on his head.

The thorns on His head. The stripes on His back. The holes in His hands. The holes in His feet. The sword though His side.

We devote the Holy Week to remembering. Recounting the Story once again.

This Easter I want to do more than remember His sacrifice. I want to remember that there are some — no, there are many — who don’t know Him. He’s a man with twigs on his head.

And the reason God gives me breath is not to work hard so I can buy a nice house and wear nice clothes and drive a nice car. If I am on this earth, it’s because there are people in my neighborhood who have never heard that the Light has come.

Is there someone you can tell the Story to this week?

Lord, bring to my path those I can tell your Story to. May I live to tell how your Story has changed mine.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” ~John 8:12

Today, I’m joining Lisa-Jo, taking 5 minutes to write about “light.”

Looking up verse: 2 minutes
Writing this post: 5 minutes
Uploading photo and links: 6 minutes
Spending Fridays with you: Priceless

19 thoughts on “The Man with Twigs on His Head

  1. This Easter, I especially felt the burden for the lost. It is SO easy to forget how many DO NOT know the truth, that the Life came to snatch us out of darkness. Your post so wonderfully reminds me. I pray God would use my life to show the way to “the man with twigs on His head”

    Blessings to you..

  2. I often read your FMF posts first, in the early morning hours and then I get distracted with my kids and don’t leave a comment. You often have the perfect example for the word Lisa-Jo chooses Denise. Loved this post and the reminder that what we hold dear to our hearts in the person of Jesus, could be completely new to someone.

  3. Living in an ‘unreached’ area across the ocean from you… I forget that there are people on ‘both sides’ of the world who have ‘yet to hear’. Those living without the knowledge of Him are in my face everyday, and yet reading your post, reminded me once again, that no matter where we are in the world… be it a tiny village in the mountains of East Asia, or 123Town, USA…. we are commissioned to be His light, his feet and hands. Thanks and Happy Easter! He is Risen!

  4. Yes – I find myself forgetting that there are people out there who have no idea who Jesus is. I went to a Church of England school were nativity plays were acted each Christmas, we heard bible stories in assembly and we learned about the Man who makes Easter not the bunny who brings chocolate. It comes so naturally for me to know these things that I forget that some have never heard stories of the Light of the World and who this God man is. Thank you for the reminder to stir up the gifts God gives us, and go out and share this precious gift of salvation. May your Easter be full of blessings for you and your family.

  5. Oh! What a challenge your words hold! Thank you for that.

    P.S. I love how you do the minute breakdown each week…precious to me!

  6. I love the innocence…making the most of the moments, alert and always ready to give The Answer for the hope…
    Sending Holy Love

  7. In January I was listening to the live stream of Passion 2012. Lou Giglio was preaching and what he said altered my daily reality (paraphrase): You want to know what your calling is? No matter where you are. No matter what job/station/stage of life, your mission is the same as Paul’s prayer.

    Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. ~Eph 6:19-20

    So simple. So true. We so take for granted the fact that we have access to this greatest truth.

    Beautiful post, Denise!

  8. Denise, My son just learned about the crown of thorns, but I have never heard of the man with the twigs on his head. Yes, I forget that some ppl don’t know that story.Thank you for the reminder. Awed at the beauty of your words! Have a blessed and wonderful weekend celebrating what the Lord did for us!! Love ya blog friend.

  9. love this, for it IS hard to remember that it’s not an “old story” for many, many people! maybe when we were kids, but not so much anymore.
    great encouragement as we head into this weekend. have a blessed one!

  10. Did he share? What did the boy say? It is surprising, to be in the public schools and encounter the kids who do not even know the most common of Biblical stories. So happy your husband has a chance to pour into the lives of other kids. May your weekend be filling.

  11. Denise,
    I liked your take on light. I didn’t grow up in church, and yet, now, I just assume that everyone know “the man with twigs on his head”…wrong. Thanks for pushes us.

  12. Denise: great job on the word light! It so surprises me as well that there are kids out there who would not know what the crown of thorns is. What a ministry your husband has.

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