“Allow the little ones to come to me”(Eyewitness Mark 10:14c).
Eyewitness: p. 178
Eyewitness Stories: Mark 10: 13-16; Matthew 18: 3
In Your Bible: Mark 10: 13-16; Matthew 18: 3
Many times people brought children to Jesus for him to touch and bless them. Here, he uses children as an example of the openness, honesty, and eagerness/seeking necessary to become believers. Jesus says “come to me.”
Little Ones Come To Me
In this account his disciples were not ungracious men. They wanted to protect Jesus as his time came near to entering Jerusalem…and facing the Cross. When Jesus saw his disciples trying to keep the little ones away, he objected loudly.
Jesus said, “Allow the little ones to come to me. Of such is the Kingdom of God. Without exception, I tell you, those who do not accept the Kingdom of God like a young child cannot enter” (Eyewitness Stories Mark 10:14c, 15).
The Kingdom of God
Jesus used children’s openness as an example for all to see. Yes, children readily saw compassion in Jesus eyes.
What Jesus sees in children:
- Humility and Obedience -they have not yet learned to think of pride and prestige
- Trust – acceptance of authority and confidence in other people
- Short memory – they have not learned to bear grudges and nor harbor bitterness
Indeed, of such character are child-like believers in the Kingdom of God. * Yes, Jesus says, children/little ones come to me.
Prayer: Father, help me understand Kingdom principles as a little child. Keep me hungry for your Word. Keep me loving as You love.
Questions: Why does it seem strange for Jesus to rebuke his disciples? When you consider the fact that Jesus knew how close he was to undertaking his father’s plan, is his patience with children even more amazing?
* The Daily Study Bible, The Gospel of Mark, William Barclay, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1975, pp. 241,242.