St. John's Lutheran
Receive All Jesus Gives Us as a Child Would!
Mark 10:13-16 New International Version
The Little Children and Jesus 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When 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. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Monday - October 11
I want to start this week off by remembering what the life of faith looks like. After a group of Pharisees tried to test Jesus with a legal question about divorce we are told that loads of children were brought to him to be blessed. The disciples thought this was silly and sent all the children away. Jesus became enraged at their behavior and said that children are the perfect example of what God’s kingdom is like. The citizens of God’s kingdom trust God’s word the way that children trust the words of their parents. They may not like those words, especially when it is “NO” but they still believe those words are true. In other words, they have faith. Only later, when they become adults do they start to doubt. Jesus wants us to trust that His words of grace, mercy and forgiveness are true and receive them like a child.