Are you desperate for his presence? Here is the audio of the talk that I gave at the beginning of our family ministry training two weeks ago. The volume is a bit low. The main points are also below.
The Little Children and Jesus, Mark 10:13-16 (NIV)
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.
(1) The people longed for the presence of greatness. “Among Jews, as among other peoples, it was customary to bring children to great men to have them blessed” (Wessell, EBC 8:713). The people did not necessarily recognize Jesus for who he was (some thought he was a teacher, some a prophet, some Elijah, some John the Baptist back from the dead), but they knew he was great, and so they came to be in his presence. They brought their children to him for a blessing. And what could be better than seekers—those who need Jesus the most—coming to Him and bringing their kids?
(2) The disciples’ actions showed that they didn’t think Jesus’ presence was necessary. Sadly, those who kept children from Jesus’ touch were his disciples, not the Pharisees or Gentiles, but Jesus-followers like us. Their actions implied that they didn’t think Jesus’ presence was necessary. Continue Reading…