Summary: Jesus said LET the children come, LEARN from them and LOVE them completely.
LET THE CHILDREN COME
Two brothers were always getting into trouble. Whenever something went wrong in the neighborhood, or in school, they were usually to blame. One day their parents decided to ask their pastor for help. The pastor decided he would see them one at a time. He wanted to remind them that, no matter where they were or what they were doing that God was with them and saw them. The pastor met with the first brother. He pointed his finger at him and, “Where is God?” The boy looked under the desk, in the corners of the room, out the window, but said nothing. Again, the pastor asked, “Where is God?” The boy panicked and ran out the door and all the way home. Finding his brother he dragged him up to their bedroom and said, “We are in BIG trouble.” The brother asked, “What do you mean, BIG trouble?” He stammered and replied, “God is missing and they think we did it.”
Mark 10:13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." 16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
1. LET Them Come
Some parents wanted to bring their kids to Jesus. Isn’t that a great desire? Don’t you want the same for your kids. All of us as parents want to get our kids to Jesus. We want them to see the truth and receive Jesus as savior.
The problem is that there are many barriers to kids getting to Jesus. Sometimes those barriers even come from the church. In this passage the disciples felt that Jesus had better things to be doing with His time then hanging around with children. Unfortunately there are times in the church when we do not place the priority on children’s ministry that we should.
It says that Jesus was INDIGNANT when he saw this. The word is AGANAKTEO which means very grieved. He was angry!
I am so happy that we have a church that honors and values children and seeks to remove obstacles to their getting to Jesus.
Why is it so important for kids to get to Jesus? That is when most of us make the decision to follow. As parents we only have our children for a limited number of years in which to make an impact on their lives. Statistics show that people who do not receive Jesus before they leave High School probably never will (8 out of 10). After university this is even more true (9 out of 10).
I know that some of you may have grown up in a place that did not encourage children to be active participants in church. I do not understand that.
A preacher wanted to show off his garden to a man who wouldn’t let his children attend church … he wanted them to wait until they were old enough to decide for themselves. When they walked into his garden, it was full of weeds, which were choking out his squash, beans & okra. The man said: “This is a pitiful excuse for a garden!” To which the preacher replied: “I just wanted to wait until the vegetables had a chance to decide for themselves what they wanted to do!”.
A little old lady was amazed at how nice the young man was next door. Every day he would help her gather things from her car or help her in her yard. One day the old lady finally ask the young man, "son, how did you become such a fine young man". The young man replied, "well, when I was a boy, I had a drug problem". The old lady was shocked, "I can’t believe that". The young man replied, "it’s true, my parents drug me to church on Sunday morning, drug me to church on Sunday night and drug me to church on Wednesday night"
Parents – get your children to Jesus no matter what it takes. Don’t let anything come before that, not even education. Don’t be so concerned with their getting an A on their math test that they grow up unequipped to face life’s ultimate test. Don’t be so concerned with athletics. You don’t want them to win the big game at the expense of losing out on what is truly meaningful in life. Don’t get in the way of children coming to Jesus. Let them come.