Blessing the Children
English Standard Version (ESV)
Let the Children Come to Me
13(A) And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples(B) rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, (C) “Let the children come to me;(D) do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15(E) Truly, I say to you, whoever does not(F) receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16And(G) he took them in his arms and blessed them,(H) laying his hands on them.
We, as parents, want our children to be blessed. We want them to have happy childhoods filled with good things. We might sacrifice a lot in order for them to have these good things, and still wish we could give them more. Some people do this because their own childhoods were unhappy. To make up for the loss in their own lives they try to give to their children what they never had. According to this passage, we can give them something that costs us nothing, but is worth everything: access to Jesus. Although He was a respected leader, the true Messiah, Almighty God, He did not turn them away. Instead, anyone that would prevent these children from freely coming to Him were rebuked by Him.
And, He called them an example for us, too. You see all our goodness, success, and achievement earn nothing from God. It is only His sacrifice on the cross that has given us direct access to Himself. It is His total and complete victory at the cross which births us through the waters of Baptism making us His children. He calls us to himself saying
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
And it doesn’t matter what age you are. For to the Eternal God, even a ninety-three year old is only an infant in light of eternity.
In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit,