Posted by: Akash Vansal | July 18, 2011

Little Children

The Gospel :Jesus Blesses Little Children

In this series, we are looking at what Lord Jesus taught some of the people who came into His contact personally.Jesus taught
About The importance of being born again to Nicodemus
About The importance of True Worship to The Samaritan woman
The sinfulness & its forgiveness through The Woman caught in adultery about
The acceptance of all those who repent sincerely through Zacchaues
Importance of giving priority to God to Martha
The need to surrender worldly matters to The rich Young ruler
About the authority of Jesus to forgive as The Lord and The God to Simon the Pharisee
Today, we are going to see what He taught as regards to dealing with the little children , particularly with respect to The Spiritual Matter.

Lord Jesus was popular with various groups of people. They came visiting Jesus for various reasons. For the needy, he met their needs, for the sick, he cured their ailingness, for the teachers of the law came with the intension to trap as He was considered a threat to their popularity, for the rulers, He was considered a threat to their power. He was popular with the little children too. This was the group that came without any intension, without any expectations, without any nuisance value. But not everyone appreciated it. Even His disciples did not liked it.
On two occasions Jesus taught what it takes to be a child.

The Passage :                                                                                                                           People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16( Also see, Matthew 19:13-15, Luke 18:15-17)

The Explanation:                                                                                                                            We read here that some of the parents were bringing their children, they could be infant babies and young children who were dependent on them. Here we see some deep truths on which we can really reflect on or just read and move on thinking there is no more than the simple message that little children should be brought in fellowship with The Lord and that Our Lord simply loves little children. Yes that is the Truth of the passage.

What we read here is often experienced by all of us at one time or other. Children means problematic to most of the people with the exception of most parents. And this applies even to the teachers. godmen and their disciples. They cannot tolerate the sight of the little children. For they create noise and even disturb the service, meetings, the proceedings. So, when the disciples of Jesus, they could be other than the 12 disciples also, they try to shoo away the children. But Lord Jesus rebukes the concerned disciples. To Jesus, they were not a nuisance. They were the souls Jesus was really seeking, for they were simple in heart. They appeared what they were. They expressed what they desired, they acted as per their wish. No hypocrisy was found in them. They were pure and innocent in everything. Jesus wants the adults to be like these ‘problematic’ children and He says it is to “SUCH AS THESE” the kingdom of God belongs. The childrens they had no knowledge of any spiritual thruths, no knowledge of being born again, worshipping The Lord in ‘Spirit and in Truth’ or giving priority to learning the Word of God, yet Lord Jesus commends them and tells others the ‘learned and the wise’ to imitate them and to transform themselves like them!
We may not like to be called childish, but we know the childish nature. They do not plot evil against other, they do not harbour anger in their heart, they do not plot revenge, they do not make a show of anything, they will not pass sarcastic comments, they do not cheat, they do not take pride, they do not hoard anything. They will not insult or hurt anyone. They do not expect for any thing that is asked them to do. And above all a child never consider themselves as someone of importance nor do they selectively give importance to a particular class or person. They do not show partiality. The Lord wants the adults to be like them. Is it simple?
The children remain depended on their parents faithfully. They do not doubt or worry for their needs. The Lord wants us to remain depended on Our Father in heaven and not worry of our needs. As the children trust their parents, so must we trust our Provider. For a child to become an adult is simple, by the passage of time, he or she will become one automatically, but to become like a child, it takes effort, it takes seriousness, it takes sincerity, it takes attitude. And it is not simple.

The other thing that we can learn from this passage is those who really trust in The Lord will bring their child, their loved ones to The Lord Jesus Christ and seek His blessings for them.

The third thing that we learn is that the children even after all their positive qualities, they are also ignorant of the knowledge and the wisdom of The Lord. All those who lack the knowledge as these little children wish to come to Christ, they should not be rebuked as if they are too dumb to understand it or due to ‘various’ other reasons. Jesus Christ did not came for a particular class or group or locality people. He Is The UNIVERSAL Lord GOD. If anyone thinks oneself as intelligent or righteous than some other, then they need to think what they were before coming in fellowship of Our Lord Jesus.

Another thing that we learn is all those who create hurdle in the path of those coming to The Lord, The Lord Himself will rebuke them, in what way we need not discuss, but it will not be pleasant for that person, that is for sure. The accessibility of The Lord is not narrowed through some people. The Lord has not appointed anyone to judge and prevent anyone from entering His Kingdom. Albeit everyone has been appointed to lead many to His kingdom.

The Gospel.                                                                                                                                      The Lord Jesus wants us to have the attitude of little child. The attitude of denying self and the readiness to RECEIVE The Kingdom of God LIKE a little child will permit us the entry to heaven. A child receives anything from their parents without any doubt. They trust them fully. Similarly, we should put our faith in The Lord Almighty, follow His instructions. We can enter The Kingdom of God only through The Lord Jesus Christ. There is no alternative, no other option exists.

The Bible Study :                                                                                                                       Many times this passage is explained wrongly that we need to be childish or can act childishly. Even if we take no active participation in the Church affairs, its okay for us, because a child does not take part in it. We may not strive for the knowledge of The Lord as a child do not have the knowledge of The Gospel, still enters The Kingdom of God. No. The there is big difference between ignorance and innocence. A child is innocent but when we do not do what we know should be done, it is ignorance. We cannot ignore the commands and the decrees of our Lord. Lord Jesus is very specific in His statement,

“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17


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