Day 27 of 40 (Mark 10:13-16)
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SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:13-16
13People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Those poor disciples… Each day – it seems – they are making yet another mistake. But is that really so very different from what we do today?
I think the best we can sometimes do it try to honestly learn from our mistakes. People were bringing little children to Jesus. The disciples told the people to stop. But when Jesus saw this, He was angry. He said to his disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t keep them away. God’s kingdom belongs to people like them. What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who will not receive God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.
Each day it seems they are making yet another mistake. But is that really so very much different from you or me today? I think the best we can sometimes do is honestly try to learn from our mistakes. Today’s disciple mistake, is that of telling people not to bring children to Jesus.
Hey, Jesus was a very important person with very important things to be concerned with. He can’t be bothered with greeting and praying and blessing the children can he? This angers Jesus. By the way, don’t let anyone tell you Jesus never got angry. He did. He just never let it cause him to sin. Big difference! Jesus speaks words of truth, teaching them what they need to hear, telling them that anyone who will not receive God’s kingdom like a little child will never enter it.
You know, there are quite a few different approaches to developmental psychology. But one thing is pretty much, common to all of them. There is simply a lot that a young child doesn’t understand and cannot do on their own. They look to and count upon their parents for support and understanding. And that’s the way we are in the Kingdom of Heaven. There is simply a lot we don’t understand and cannot do on our own.
Father in Heaven, Please help us to follow you. Help us to be like children trusting in you and depending upon you – for you tell us that this is the only way that we will enter the kingdom of heaven. We ask this and we believe that you can make it so. In the name of your son Jesus we pray, AMEN!