Jesus and the Little Children, Vogel von Vogelstein 1805
Join us as we read through the Gospel of Luke during this Advent Season...
By Cecilia Gibbs, Assistant Principal Rock Solid Christian Academy
Luke 18: 1-43
Our reading today is from Luke 18. In this chapter Jesus teaches through more parables. One is about a persistent widow, and the other tells of a tax collector and Pharisee. Jesus also blesses the little children, counsels a rich ruler, predicts His death once again, and heals a blind man.
I love the verses that recount Jesus blessing the little children.“Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. ‘Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’” (Luke 18: 15-17)
In these verses, Jesus is encouraging us to come to Him with the innocence of little children. While the children may not understand all the teachings of Christ, they respond to His open arms and to His kind touch. Our Lord invites us to come to Him, eager to build a relationship with Him through prayer and time in His Word.
“Children receive the blessing of Jesus without trying to make themselves worthy of it, or pretending they don't need it. We need to receive God's blessings the same way."
My prayer for us today is that we would approach Christ with the innocence and humility of a little child. He is the Good Father who welcomes us, delights in us, and cares for us!
“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 131: 1-3 NIV)