I want to be a part of the country where Jesus is King (aka the Kingdom of God). I really do. God is God. God has appointed Jesus as King. I must focus on obeying Jesus.
Jesus is clear. If I want to be a part of His Kingdom, I must have the simplicity of a child. That is it! That is the goal.
In what ways are children a pattern? In their humble dependence on others, their receptivity, their acceptance of themselves and their position in life. Of course, Jesus was speaking about an unspoiled child, not one who was trying to act like an adult. A child enjoys much but can explain very little. Children live by faith. By faith they accept their lot, trusting others to care for them and see them through.
The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them. | Mark 10:13-16 (The Message Bible)
We enter God’s kingdom by faith, like little children: helpless, unable to save ourselves, totally dependent on the mercy and grace of God.
We enjoy God’s kingdom by faith, believing that the Father loves us and will care for our daily needs.
What does a child do when he or she has a hurt or a problem? Take it to Father and Mother! What an example for us to follow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father! Yes, God wants us to be childlike, but not childish!
Unlike many “moderns” today, the Jews of that day looked on children as a blessing and not a burden, a rich treasure from God and not a liability (Pss. 127–128). To be without children brought a couple both sorrow and disgrace.
It was customary for parents to bring their children to the rabbis for a blessing, and so it was reasonable that they would bring the little ones to Jesus. Some were infants in arms, while others were young children able to walk; and He welcomed them all.
Why would the disciples rebuke the people and try to keep the children away from Jesus? They probably thought they were doing Him a favor by helping Him protect His time and conserve His strength. In other words, they did not consider the children to be important! Their attitude was strange, because Jesus had already taught them to receive the children in His name and to be careful not to cause any of them to stumble. Once again, they forgot what He had taught them.
The phrase much displeased is too tame. Our Master actually became indignant as He openly rebuked His disciples for standing in the way. Then He announced that the children were better kingdom examples than were the adults. We tell the children to behave like adults, but Jesus tells the adults to model themselves after the children!
Thanks, Michael. Yes, I did not have that complete and childlike faith in Jesus until I was 27 years old when I accepted Him as my Savior. Prior to that I thought I was at least “good enough” to merit Heaven on my own.
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