Mark 9:36-37 says, “And He took a child, and set him in the midst of them and when he had taken him in His arms, He said unto them, Whosoever shall receive on of such children in my name, receiveth me, and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.”
“He took a child”. One of our earliest memories in the “picture” of Jesus blessing the little children. He had one on His lap and other boys and girls standing or seated all around Him. Looking at that picture, before we could read or write, we learned that Jesus is a Child’s Friend. We learned the most wonderful lesson of all: God loves us and cares about us, and we have worth even as children.
Among those earlier memories, there is a second one. Many of us remember that long before we were old enough to go to school, we learned to sing “Jesus loves me this I know; for the Bible tells me so.” And again, we learned something of great importance. We learned about God’s love for us, God’s caring.
I believe that you would agree with me that children agree important. Children are tremendously important. Looking at the prominence of children in the life of Jesus, Not only He take them in His arms and bless them, but also, on one occasion, He took a child and placing it in the midst of the disciples, used that child to teach a great truth about the nature of the kingdom of God. We must become as little children if we are to enter the kingdom, said the Master.
When God came into the world, He came as a child. He grew up in the person of His Son Jesus, a child in a working class home in Nazareth in Galilee. As a child, Jesus grew. The bible says He grew physically, mentally spiritually, and socially. Just as our children grow today, so Jesus grew.
We must invest in our children, and their future. One of the great joys of pastoring was to be connected with a child’s life from their birth, and one day performed their wedding, to start their own family.
Our greatest dream in my opinion, for our children is that one day we will be instrumental in placing their hands in the hand of God. Little “People Matter” also – Jesus thought so.
Because He Is – I Am