Read: Mark 10:13-16

Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. (v. 14)

A song that many of us learned as children in Sunday school goes like this: “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world . . . they are precious in his sight.” These verses today remind me of that song. Jesus truly cared about children. This is especially evident when you think of the fact that this incident takes place when Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem where he would suffer and die. The shadow of the cross could not be far from his mind. Yet, he made time for the kids!

The disciples did not want Jesus to be bothered. In their mind, he had bigger things to deal with than with little kids. To them, Jesus’ going to Jerusalem was about power and might and the establishment of a kingdom! But once again, they misunderstood.

Jesus’ kingdom was about service, sacrifice, the accomplishment of salvation, and the forgiveness of our sins through his death on the cross. These concepts were not easy to accept for the adults in Jesus’ life. So, he seizes on this opportunity of showing how children are great examples of what it means to be humble and trusting. “Be like these children,” he is saying. “They trust me wholeheartedly.” And so should we! “For to such belongs the kingdom of God.” —John Koedyker

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the precious children in our lives. Help us to bless them as you do. Amen.