Day 1: Who Is This Man Called Jesus?
Mark 10:13-16 (ESV)
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
This portion of scripture tells a whole lot about the heart of Jesus – before we begin His road to the cross. Put yourself in this story, in this time. Parents are bringing their children to Jesus with hopes that He can touch them, heal them, bless them, and give them a bright future. This was a perilous time, with none of the modern day conveniences we have today. Inadequate, if any, healthcare was available.
I don’t know if there is any feeling stronger on this earth, than the concern that parents have for their children and their future. I know I have high hopes for my children and grandchildren, and there is nothing I wouldn’t do to help make that happen.
In this story, parents are bringing their precious children to Jesus, and He is blessing them. The disciples rebuked the parents for bringing the children to Jesus, and we see Jesus react! “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them, for such belongs the kingdom of God!” Jesus declares that children are very precious to Him! If children are precious to Jesus, how much should we look out for them? I’m afraid we need to be doing a whole lot better job looking out for our children, all children. Then Jesus says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” I hope as you take this journey with me this Lenten season, you will get ready to receive the kingdom of God like a child, with eyes wide open and looking forward with great enthusiasm to what God will teach us.