Posted: Thursday, April 16
Verse of the day:
Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” (Luke 18:16)
Peter records how much it displeased Jesus when he saw His disciples pushing back the mothers and their little ones. His interest in the little children was real. It was primary; not merely secondary. And because of the childlikeness of these little ones, they were eager to win a smile or perhaps a touch from Him; for the people regarded Jesus as the children's Friend. It also seems to have been the practice of Jewish mothers to bring their babes to famous rabbis, and to ask these teachers to bless their little ones.
In this passage, Jesus makes the child the model for those who seek entrance into the kingdom of God; not the adult the example for the children. For it is childlike faith and acceptance that is being modeled, and that opens the doors of Heaven.