16-The Mystery of Childhood

Highlighting Children in the Bible

Part 16-Children Come to Jesus

“Hurry up little ones,” a Mom was saying to three of her children as they hurried along the busy street. We don’t want to miss seeing Jesus. Let’s all hold hands so that we no one will get lost. As they hurried along more Moms and kids joined in.

One Mom had to stop a moment to tie a sandal of her impatient little boy, while other Moms with their kids hurried on by. “Hurry up Mom,” the little boy insisted, though he shouldn’t have worried because they soon caught up with the others.

Yet another Mom had in her arms a tiny baby. She’d remembered seeing Jesus at another time when he caressed the cheek of a baby as He passed b,y and now that she herself had a baby of her own, she wanted to be sure that he got blessed by Jesus. With all the stories they’d heard about Jesus, the children wanted so very much to see Him. They’d heard that Jesus loves rich or poor, strong or frail, toddlers and even teenagers. They were all precious to Him.

As thy were hurrying on one of the Moms saw Jesus as he came around the corner and shouted to the others, “Hurry He’s here.” By then the older children made a dash and soon found themselves in Jesus’s arms. Alas! Just then some angry voices yelled at them and said, “Go away! Can’t you see that Jesus is busy? All the happy faces now fell and some began to cry.

Now when Jesus saw what happened He was very displeased. “Let the little children come to me and do not forbid them” He said. Can’t you see that my kingdom is made up of people who are as humble as them?” Then he sat down on a bench and opened his arms wide. In no time the children made a dash toward Him. Some took turns climbing onto His lap while toddlers snuggled their heads into Jesus’ neck and let him drop kisses on their cheeks. Older ones  leaned their heads on his shoulder and felt his love reaching way down inside of them. Somehow He knew their names so when some were a little afraid, He called them by name. Surprised now and reassured they ran to Him and nestled their heads into His neck.

As they clung to Him child after child was blessed, hugged or patted no matter where they came from nor if they were boy or girl, or if their skin was white, black or in-between. Babies, or toddlers, two-year olds, or older. Jesus loved them and they loved Jesus.

Today Jesus still loves children and He still invites them to come to Him. Though we can’t see Him now with our eyes, like the people could then, we’re told in God’s Book that He loves all the children of the world. Even little children can kneel down and pray to Him and become His very own, and He, like a shepherd with a lamb, takes care of them, teaches them, helps them when they’re sick or sad, and He has a special place in His heart for each and every one. Yes, Jesus still loves the little children of the whole wide world.

Wouldn’t you like to come to Him today?

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world,

Red and yellow, black and white,

They are precious in his sight.

Jesus loves the little children

of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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