Today's Bible Reading:

“Let the Children Come to Me”

Let the Children Come to Me

Children are sometimes treated as a distraction, an afterthought, or a necessary inconvenience. Jesus, the Son of God, would have us to view and treat children in a better way.

Jesus in Relation to Children

  • Jesus was a child (Isa 9:6-7).
  • Jesus healed the child of a Canaanite woman (Matt 15:21-28).
  • Jesus cast a demon out of a child (Matt 17:14-18).
  • Jesus raised a child from the dead (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43).
  • Jesus used a child’s barley loaves and fish to feed more than 5,000 people (John 6:1-14).
  • When Jesus cleansed the temple, children cried out, “Hosanna!” (Matt 21:14-17).

Children in the Teachings of Jesus

  • Jesus warned his disciples not to hinder children in coming to him (Luke 18:9-17).
    • My pride can hinder children.
    • My unbelief can hinder children.
    • My lack of knowledge can hinder children.
    • My lack of planning, discipline, and devotion can hinder children.
    • My unholiness can hinder children.
  • Jesus put a child in the midst of his disciples to teach them about greatness (Matt 18:1-6).
    • Children are innocent (1 Cor 14:20)
    • Children are teachable (Isa 64:8)
    • Children are humble (1 Pet 5:6)
    • Children are sincere (Rom 12:9)
    • Children are persistent (Luke 18:1-8)
    • Children are dependent (Matt 6:25-34)
    • Children are curious (1 Pet 2:2-3)
    • Children are forgiving (Matt 6:14-15)
  • Jesus revealed that whoever receives a child in his name receives him (Mark 9:33-37).

May the Lord teach us this profound truth—shaping young hearts for God is no trivial task and no small wonder.

This sermon was delivered on July 5, 2015.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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