Jesus loves the little children

Mark 10:13-16

13  And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

There are many places throughout Scripture Jesus heals the sick and the crippled by touching them.  But curiously, it’s not said in this passage that these children were sick, we are only told “that he might touch them.”  It’s written in Psalm 127:3 that children “are a heritage from the Lord”, that “the fruit of the womb a reward”,  and that God directs this by both opening (Gen 30:22) and closing (1 Sam 1:6) wombs.  Children are, by basic definition, human and thus will have an eternal destiny (either for better or worse) which makes them immortal.

So these parents are taking their immortal gifts and trusting that Christ, in all the magnificence so far displayed to the people of the Holy Land, will bless through touching.  Yet Jesus, in teaching his disciples a lesson, goes a step further by taking the children into His arms and blessing them.  And it’s amazing that someone can give back to the giver what was given to them and have it blessed.

Now in this passage, Jesus uses these children as a model for the people of God.  Children are not especially intelligent when compared to adults, but are ultimately wise as far as God is concerned.  They trust their parents to feed, love, and protect them.  Children, even adult children, need to be loved.  They want a good relationship with their parents.  They desire intimacy and hate distance.  They also learn from their parents.  If the parent is prone to sin, then usually so will the child.  They look to their mother and father to be a model by which they navigate the world.

A good father does not look at his newborn son and fall in love because the child has done anything impressive, but loves the boy because he is his son.  And growing up, nothing changes.  They love because of their relationship.

A real relationship with the Lord is built on a trusting love and not on a performance basis. Jesus says that a man has to innocently trust God in that same, childlike way to be able to enter His kingdom.  And if you can honestly call God your Father being brought into reconciliation by the power of the cross (examining yourself as it says 2 Cor 13:5), then you are guaranteed to have that relationship continue on into blissful eternity.

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2 Responses to “Jesus loves the little children”

  1. You have all the makings of a teacher evangelist, Alex.

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