Such as these… Mark 10:13-16
I. The Disciples scolded parents for bring their children to be blessed by Jesus 13
13 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.
II. Jesus intervened on behalf of the children and their parents 14-16
A. To His disciples: indignation, commandment, and warning. 14-15
14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
B. To the children: Affection and Blessing 16
16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.
CONCLUSION: How does this apply to us today who have gathered at Grace Bible Church?
1. The Church is responsible to welcome ALL people TO Jesus, all the time, no matter what problems they bring with them.
2. Parents are responsible to bring their children to Jesus.
3. Children are particularly loved by Jesus, independent of their parents, their friends, or even their church.
4. All people may enter the kingdom of God simply be trusting in Jesus to receive them, as they are.
Traditional understanding: “like a child” = admirable, “innocent” traits of a child, such as teachability, honesty, humility, obedience, etc…. But the problem with this understanding of the term is that we all know that children are more complex than that, and they certainly demonstrate the opposite of these positive traits! Besides, it doesn’t make any sense at all that Jesus would teach that we can gain entrance into His kingdom based on our moral qualifications!
Question: What qualities can we find in these children, so that we might become “such as these”, and enter into the kingdom of God?
Answer: The children in this story demonstrated both a DESIRE for and a TRUST in Jesus. Indeed, all who trust in Jesus will be saved, blessed, and forever a member of His kingdom!