by Jana Cox
This last week we had the opportunity of having vacation Bible school at our church. Many children came and were blessed. The children were excited as they went to their different classes and learned about Jesus and His faithfulness to them. The main point they learned was to “Trust God.” I don’t think there could have been a better message for them with all that is going on in our world.
Mark 10:13-15 (NLT) gives us insight into Jesus’s thoughts towards little children. It says, “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so He could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering Him. When Jesus saw what was happening, He was angry with His disciples. He said to them, Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the kingdom of God belongs to these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. Then He took the children in His arms and placed His hands on their heads and blessed them.”
The parents of these children were desiring for Jesus to touch their children. Maybe some of them were sick and needed the Master’s touch. These parents wanted their children blessed by Jesus. However, the disciples didn’t want Jesus bothered by these little ones. Jesus became indignant with their attitudes towards these little children.
This should stir our hearts as to the importance of our little ones. Jesus loves all people, but these little ones were not to be overlooked and pushed aside. Unfortunately, in our society children are being overlooked and pushed aside in different ways. They are not given the attention and guidance they so desperately need to thrive in a world that is out of control. These parents however did the right thing, they brought their children to Jesus. These children had something to offer Jesus. They offered Him their love and excitement. Jesus’ response was to take them in His arms placing His hands on their heads to bless them. This is truly the Father’s heart towards each one of us. Coming to Him as a child is humbling, but it also brings great rewards to our lives.