Summary: When Jesus said "Suffer the Little Children to come unto Me" there was more to it than just ministering to the younger generation.
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Pastor James May
It’s Time to Kiss the Baby
Mark 10:13-16 (quickview) , "And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them."
This is a familiar passage of scripture for all of us.
Contained in these few short verses is the key to what it takes to enter in and be a part of the Kingdom of God.
Most of the time we hear sermons that emphasize the fact that we are to be more like little children when it comes to believing in and trusting in Jesus.
Everyone has had some experience with little children, from newborn babies until they reach the perfect, all knowing, all seeing, wise, enlightened age of a teenager. All through these years we see the changes in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual state of these kids.
They start out life so innocently, but it isn’t long until the Adamic Nature of Sin begins to surface. If you have had any experience at all with what we call the “Terrible Two’s”, you already know that the innocence is soon replace with greed, jealousy and self-centeredness.
10 Laws of Property for Toddlers
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you were playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.
The trouble with children is that when they are not being a lump in your throat, they are being a pain in your neck.
It doesn’t take us long to begin to wonder if that “Little Cherub” that was born only a few months before has not turned into a “Little Demon”. God certainly has a sense of humor when it comes to children.