I remember looking at our firstborn baby, Matthew, and feeling a combination of overwhelming joy and fear. What were we thinking? What did we know about raising kids, when we were barely past being kids ourselves? Then we brought him to the Lord and dedicated ourselves to bringing him up with God’s help and guidance. Even though we would make mistakes, God would be with us and we’d be okay and so would Matt.
I can just picture the scene in Matthew 19:13-15. Here are mothers and fathers bringing babies and children to the Teacher or Rabbi to ask Him for a blessing for them. Just to even have Jesus touch their little ones would be amazing. But Jesus was too busy for this His disciples thought. They didn’t want to bother Him with trivialities like little children.
Jesus wasn’t bothered. Children were important to Him. I’m sure with all the things weighing on Him, having the joy of children around Him was refreshing. In Matthew 18:10 He says, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father in heaven.” (NIV) And in Matthew 18:6, “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (NIV) God is serious about children and their innocence being protected.
“Jesus said, ‘Lett the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” (Matthew 19:14 NIV) Jesus wants the children to come. I have a picture of Jesus with children and He is smiling with a child sitting on His lap. I can just hear the children all trying to tell Him about what is happening in their lives, as children do. They know who loves them, and love them back. It is part of being a child.
Jesus loves the little children All the children of the world Red, brown, yellow, black, and white They are precious in His sight Jesus loves the little children of the world (“Jesus loves the little children” by C Herbert Woolston) Truer words were never penned, written or sung. Jesus does indeed love the children.