And they were bringing children to Him so that He
might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.
14 But when Jesus saw
this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit
the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for
the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
15 "Truly I say to you,
whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a
child will not enter it at all."
16 And He took them in His
arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on
is the Word of the Lord ... It is meant to
change the way that we think, and the way that
by Bob Pardue
Children Come to
It seems that, no matter
what position a person holds, people will
criticize them. It was no different with Jesus;
even His own disciples second-guessed what
Christ was doing.
In the days of the New
Testament, children were not very high in status -
in fact, they were pretty much considered worthless
until they were old enough to work the fields or
take care of the livestock.
So, the disciples could not
understand why Jesus would "waste His time" with
these lowly human beings. We see the same criticism
throughout Jesus' ministry in that He was always
hanging out with the wrong crowd.
A Matter of
Who should Jesus be spending
time with? Let's name a few (in the eyes of
followers and disciples) - Pharisees; Dignitaries
and politicians; priests and other religious
leaders. Certainly not tax collectors (Matthew was
one), sinners or children!
They felt that Jesus could
raise His status by talking with, and being seen
with this "better class" of people. But, does Jesus
really need to improve His position?
The Faith of
Trust - a word we sometimes
leave out when it comes to following Christ. Why?
Because we are too caught up in trying to
understand the intellect of Jesus' teachings. Not
so with children. They just need love and attention
from someone they trust. That's all!
Jesus said we should come to
Him as children; not to gain the knowledge of the
universe but to follow Him with the wide-eyed trust
that little children possess.
In closing, just the other
day my brother said to me he would like to get back
to the point of faith and trust he had when he was
baptized at 12 years old. His words came back to me
as I began writing this and they are true for most
of us in our walk with God.
Let's not try to make
trusting in Christ so complicated - remember,
"Jesus loves the little
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
commitment to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to