"Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.'" Luke 18:15-17
"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." Mark 10:13-16
1. Jesus loves children (and so should I).
Do you want to know if you are filled with the Holy Spirit?
Ask yourself what your attitude is toward children (and other groups considered “non-essential” by certain segments of our populous)?
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
2. These parents knew (with limited knowledge) that Jesus was unique. They intuitively understood there is refreshment, healing, and hope in the presence of this Teacher.
3. The blessing had content …
4. The kingdom of God is for weak, needy and dependent people. Unless we receive it in this fashion we will not enter it (like a child).
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
“We need to constantly study salvation. End-times prophecy, ways to combat cults, church history, biblical languages, ethics, practical Christian living, and so forth, have their places but they must never displace salvation as our favorite (central) topic of study.”
David Murray, The Happy Christian, p. 55
Hymn: Jesus I Come
William T. Sleeper (1887)
Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Hymn: Rock of Ages
Augustus Toplady (1776)
Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law's demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.