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CHILDREN ARE GIFTS

May 8, 2015

Friday

 

Matthew 19:13-15

 

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put [his] hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
 

LESSON

 

It was customary for people to bring their children to rabbis for blessings. Jesus welcomed the children. This attitude was harmonious with His attitude toward all the humble, dependent, needy, trusting, and vulnerable people who came to Him. Furthermore, children coming to Him symbolized people with the characteristics of children coming to Him. Jesus did not want to discourage anyone like them from coming to Him. He did not say “the kingdom” belonged to children, but to people who are similar to children (“to such as these”). Children provided an excellent object lesson that Jesus used to illustrate the qualities necessary for entering and serving in the kingdom.

 

The parents here in verse 13 wanted Jesus to “touch” their boys and girls. Your son or daughter can get “in touch” with Jesus in childhood. One of the saddest conversations I’ve ever had was with a mother whose daughter was under conviction and wanted to be saved. She called me and wanted to know if I would lead her girl to Jesus. I said that I would be glad to, but what a joy and blessing it would be to her if she led her to Jesus. She said, “Preacher, I don’t know how to lead my daughter to Jesus.” How sad. I led her to the Lord, but the mother missed such a blessing.

I don’t think the mothers who brought their children to Jesus for Him to bless them ever forgot Jesus taking their child and blessing it.

 

Memory Verse: Mark 10:14

 

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