In Prince Caspian (the second book published in the Chronicles of Narnia series), C. S. Lewis reminds us that there is a most important exception to this rule. When the Pevensie children are lost in Narnia seeking to find the way into Prince Caspian’s camp, the young Lucy experiences a personal visit from the great Aslan, who up to this point has been invisible to her older siblings. As Lucy encounters her old friend, she perceives him to be somehow “bigger” than she remembers from past experience:
Lucy: “Aslan, you’re bigger!”
Aslan: “That is because you are older, little one.”
Lucy: “Not because you are?”
Aslan: “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
Is Jesus getting bigger or smaller to your student. If they are growing in the faith, Jesus will be getting bigger. Not that he is bigger, but their capability to appreciate the bigness of Jesus increases as they mature.
What does this mean practically?
It means that as big as Jesus is to an 11 year old who becomes a Christian, He will only get bigger as they grow in the faith.
Maturing in the faith means that from 11 to 16, Jesus looks more trustworthy than before. It means that Jesus looks more awe inspiring than before. It means that Jesus looks more worthy of our sacrifice and devotion.
The converse is also true, that if Jesus is getting smaller, something has gone wrong and we have cause for concern. If Jesus is getting smaller, other things are getting bigger.
This begs the question. How do grow in such a way that Jesus looks bigger? Quite simply by looking at Jesus! For far too many people their first look at Jesus was their last. As we look at Jesus, as we study his words, his works, and his wonders, he will get bigger!