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Jesus Cares About Children

During this time of uncertainty, many suffer from raised anxiety, fear, or depression. These emotions are real but can sometimes interfere with God’s calling in our homes. As a result, abuses of every kind are on the increase - physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual. In so many cases, our children are the main victims of this abuse. Sometimes it is necessary to take a step back and read what the Bible has to say about our children, to remind us of His great love for these little ones.

Matt. 19:13-15 NKJV
“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.”

In this passage, we see that many in the crowd had brought their children to be prayed for. We aren’t told the ages, but the Greek implies all ages, from infants to teens. We also see that the disciples thought the inclusion of the children was useless. These little children were not capable of giving anything to Jesus. They couldn’t add to the economic system, they couldn’t follow Jesus’ teachings, they were messy, they couldn’t sit still for long, and they needed constant care. With all this in mind the disciples did not want Jesus to waste His time or energy on ‘these little children.’

In this passage, Jesus taught His disciples an important lesson. He used the innocence and openness of children to illustrate the attitude of those who abide in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matt 18:2-3 AMP “And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you repent (change, turnabout) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all].’ ”

Jesus clearly expresses His love and respect for children, and gives them a place of high honor (Mark 9:36-37). This shows how we, as parents, are to see and treat our children. Having a child creates an opportunity for parents to become co-creators with God in helping our earthly children to become children of God (Rom 9:8).

All Christian relationships are based on and guided by grace and the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ (1 John 3:16). Christian family relationships call for this commitment which is shown by openness and compassion, forgiveness and understanding. The focus of the parent/child relationship is to love, honor, and respect, as well as discipline and instruct. (Eph. 6:1-4).

Just like Jesus demonstrated his tender loving concern and care for the natural children who were in the crowd, He is likewise concerned about us as adults. If we accept Jesus as our personal savior, we are joined to the family of God and we become His children. So, just like our natural children are free to come to us with their needs and desires, we can boldly enter the Throne Room of our Heavenly Father, secure in His love for us, and freely open our hearts to Him. Why? Because we are His beloved children and He always hears us when we pray.

Jesus is the Jesus of what society considers the less valued, marginalized, insignificant people. He isn’t looking for someone who seemly has it all together; rather, He is looking for those who demonstrate a tender, pliable, and loving heart toward Him.

John 5:24-25 24 NKJV "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

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