One of the most interesting encounters we see Jesus have is when he meets with children. One can see the all too common feeling that children, just by being what they are, can be “distracting.” So, the disciples felt it was important to move them away so the adults could spend time with Jesus.
Let’s read what happened.
13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.Mark 10:13-16 NKJV
It is worth remembering what King David said in one of his Psalms regarding children.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;Psalm 127:3-5 NKJV
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Children are not to be seen as burdens or inconveniences in our lives. They are one of the most special gifts we can receive. And what’s more, they are a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness. In each child, we see the continued revelation of God’s promise never to destroy the human race.
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”Genesis 9:8-11 NKJV
All of this context is to help us better appreciate what Jesus was doing when he corrected the disciples. The children were, and are, an integral part of understanding that the Gospel is not just for the “mature.” The Gospel is for everyone. Jesus will never deny or reject anyone who desires to partake of the Gospel’s promises.
The Gospel’s accessibility is for anyone who seeks it. This is such a wonderful promise. One that I pray we would recognize intentionally.