“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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