Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16)
Jesus loves the little children
One of the most amazing scenes to me in the life of Jesus is how often He interacted with children. You would think a man on a mission like the Lord would have little time to be distracted by children. But Jesus loved children. He often would take them and use them as examples for His disciples to learn humility and who will be greatest in the kingdom.
On this particular occasion little children were brought to Him and the disciples thought He was too busy to worry with children. An important teacher like Jesus should not be bothered. You can imagine how the disciples stepped in forbidding the parents to bother the Teacher. Mark says Jesus was greatly displeased. Robertson Word Pictures suggest Jesus was indignant at the action of the disciples and reacted with a strong emotion. I like that so much. Here is the Son of God rebuking the disciples because He wanted to see those children.
The Lord used the event to teach a lesson but then He taught a sermon: He took them up in His arms. The Savior of the world was holding children in His arms, touching them and blessing them. Could the children see what others could not? Could they see who Jesus really was? What a powerful testimony of Jesus Christ.
We should spend time with children. They should learn about Jesus from us. What greater work can we do that to let children know the blessing of God? It is true they can become noisy and bothersome at times but children are the examples put forth by the Lord as to citizenship in the kingdom. Spending time with children will remind us of a humble character, trusting in God and finding happiness in life.
Spend time with your children today without the intrusion of television, smart phones, IPads and computers. Put those things down and pick up a child. Hold them and talk to them about Jesus. We only get one time with children with they are small enough to pick up. Be a friend to other children. Say nice things to them. Show them Jesus in your life. They will not forget it. I have not forgotten those who picked me up and taught me about God. Those wonderful people at 803 W. Mahoney Street, Plant City. Jesus loved the little children. So do I.
For this generation, brought up on movie thrillers and silly comics, I covet a childhood nurtured on the Word of God. It might seem the depth of boredom to a modern youngster fed on trash and jaded from worn-out excitements, but life was happier before the AMEN age gave way to the era of SO WHAT. (Vance Havner)