Jesus loves the little children!
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. (NKJV)
In Matthew 19, Jesus was in the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And a great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there (v.2 ). Then, the Pharisees and the disciples of Jesus had a discussion with Jesus on marriage and singleness. (v.3-12).
After that, some people brought little children to Jesus that He may bless them(v.13). The disciples thought that the children may only bother Jesus. Maybe the disciples thought, their Master Teacher was too busy -with healing and teachings. So, they thought He maybe too busy to be bothered by small children.
However, to the surprise of the disciples, Jesus said,
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
And Jesus laid His hands on those children, then left the place. (v.15)
When Jesus was here on earth, He had shown love and care to the little children. Jesus was not too busy to care for the children. In Matthew 18, 3 & 4 Jesus said,
“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me”.
Jesus loves the little children because they are humble and pure in heart. The little children do not have pride and pretension. Mostly, they are truthful and honest. And children want to come to Jesus. They like to be with Jesus and they are not afraid of Jesus. They love to be with Jesus! That’s why Jesus loves the little children. And He wants us to have faith like the little children. The children believe whatever is told them, and they have pure hearts.
Prayer: Dear Lord Thank you for you love for us, and for the children. I praise You that You love us all- both small and great. Help me Holy Spirit to have a heart and faith like a little child. And help me bring some children to You and to Your Kingdom.