Let the Children Come

It was customary for parents to bring their children to Jesus on their birthdays so He would bless them. This happened one time and the disciples sent them away, which made Jesus indignant. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:14). Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them.

The disciples thought Jesus should spend more time with the religious leaders, not children, to improve his status, but He didn’t have to improve His status. He was true man and and true God. I don’t think the disciples really understood this until He ascended into Heaven, and they received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Then they were empowered to pick up the ministry of salvation and take it to the ends of the world, which was Jesus’ last will and testament: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).


Jesus said the Kingdom of God belongs to such as kids. Children trust willingly and are dependent on their parents. Jesus wants us to look to Him as a child looks to His parents and teachers. He wants to have a relationship with us. We can do that when we spend time reading His word and talking with Him in prayer. Max Lucado said, “If He (Jesus) had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.” You are precious in His eyes!


Holy Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for your amazing love and care for us. Teach us to be more like Jesus, flexible with our time, even with children. In Jesus’ name, Amen.