Some people brought children to Jesus so that he would place his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded them. “Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.” Then he blessed the children and went away from there (Matthew 19:13-15, Common English Bible).
I know I am not the smartest guy around. I often forget things I should remember. Sometimes I don’t pay attention when I should. I get it. I understand that.
What I don’t understand is how the disciples can forget so easily and so quickly. It was just the last chapter when Jesus talked with the twelve about welcoming a child and how if they called a child to stumble it would be better to have a millstone tied around their neck and thrown into the sea. It seems pretty clear to me, children are pretty important to Jesus and he wants them around.
They still don’t get it. Even though Jesus threatened them with a millstone around their necks if they didn’t treat the kids right, they just don’t seem to get it.
In some ways I do understand. As I have said previously, children were really non-people in the Biblical era. With few exceptions, they just weren’t important and the twelve thought with Jesus’ time constraints, they were doing the right thing to keep the children away so Jesus could focus on the people who were more important.
The thing to be gained from this particular text is this. Jesus is available to everyone. Regardless of nationality, race, gender or even age, Jesus is Messiah to all. Jesus is Messiah to folks like you and me. At the same time, however, Jesus is also Messiah to the youngest children and the oldest adults. Jesus is Messiah for the people we think are most important and for the people we don’t even notice. Jesus is Messiah for people that perhaps we never see.
You see, we are all children of God. We all stand in need of God’s love and grace. And, God will give that grace to anyone who freely accepts the risen Christ. Further, God always has time for the likes of you and I. It is also equally true that God has time for the children of the world around us. It might even be better if we were to say, God especially has time for the children of the world around us.
I am reminded of an old children’s song…
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
(Words by: Clare Herbert Woolston, Music by: George Frederick Root – Public Domain)
How much better off we would be and our world would be if we could just remember that God has special love for the children of the world around us. Something for us to ponder.
How do you bring the little children to Jesus?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thanksgiving,
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