“But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.’” vs. 14
The disciples didn’t want kids around Jesus. In our day they would empathize with the stern-faced congregants who turn around in their pews to give the evil eye to parents struggling with noisy little ones. They wanted Jesus to themselves and the children were becoming a distraction. Jesus set them straight with a few direct words and actions. He wanted the children to come…and he loved to take them in his arms and give them blessings. He knew that faith was born and nourished, not with adult level debates and sermons, but with gentle touches and a welcoming atmosphere. That’s how most people become believers…it takes root with the stories and hugs of Sunday School and even survives the questions of adolescence. Jesus told his disciples that children with their unquestioning faith and limitless love were their guides to the Kingdom of God. We see that too…children hear the great truths of forgiveness and eternal life and they believe them! Often congregations without children are like tombs…old people sitting around waiting to die. But with the youth comes spirit and enthusiasm…there’s a stirring in worship, the sound of little voices…random comments in the silence. And no wonder…it’s in their presence that the Kingdom of God has come close!
Thought for the Day: Why don’t some people like children in worship?