LIFE OF CHRIST

 

Mark 10:13-16

LET THE CHILDREN COME

LIFE OF CHRIST #41   

 

We continue the study of the Life of Christ.  At this point, Jesus is on His last preaching tour before He goes to Jerusalem to sacrifice His life for our sins. 

 

Last week we saw Jesus heal 10 lepers. Only one of the 10 was truly grateful

 

This week relatives are seen trying to bring very young children to Jesus.  They are stopped by Jesus’ disciples.

 

Jesus was displeased.  Let’s examine this passage, because it is very important for us to see the treatment of children that Jesus requires.  In essence, Jesus says, “LET THE CHILDREN COME”.

 

Evidently just before this incident there had been a discussion of marriage.  Jesus was very clear about the sanctity of marriage in Mark 10:10-12.

 

If marriage is so important, and it is, the fruit of that marriage, the children, are also important. 

Psalm 127:3

 

A BLOCKED DOOR – Vs. 13

   

Parents were lining up to bring their children to Jesus.

It was custom in Hebrew culture for children to be blessed.

And what better person to bless the children than the Messiah, the Son of God!

 

The age of the children evidently ranged from infants to pre-teens. This is a good reminder for us to bring the children to Jesus.

 

Children should be brought to the Lord for salvation at a very early age.  It should be the desire of every Christian parent and grandparent that their children and grandchildren come to Christ for salvation as early as possible.

 

There was, for those wanting to bring their children to Jesus, a blocked door.  If Jesus was still in the house as it states in verse 10, it was literally a blocked door.  If He wasn’t in the house, it was figuratively a blocked door.

 

The door was blocked by the disciples!

They actually rebuked those who were bringing the children to Jesus!

 

I’m sure the disciples meant well.

·       Perhaps they thought that Jesus needed to rest. After all He was so busy teaching and performing miracles.

·       Perhaps they thought blessing the children was an unimportant task.

·       Perhaps they didn’t think that children were very important it all.

 

Let’s make sure that we don’t make the same mistake of hindering the children from coming to Jesus in church.

 

A BOTHERED MASTER – Vs. 14a

 

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased,

 

The word displeased means indignant.

Jesus was angry with the disciples because they hindered the children from coming.

 

Do you think Jesus is displeased with the church in general today?

I think He is. If we are not doing what we can to bring children to Jesus, we are hindering them from coming!

 

Children are to be brought. We are not to wait for them to get the idea to come to Jesus.

 

Some parents have decided to leave a child’s choice of religious belief up to the child without giving him or her any guidance.  These same parents will give guidance in personal hygiene, diet, manners, and will insist that the child attend school, study, and strive for good grades.  They will also encourage participation in sports or play so the child will be physically fit.  If we give guidance in these important areas, shouldn’t we also take our children for training in Sunday School or whatever training for children that our church provides?  If we want to develop well-rounded children, their religious guidance must not be neglected.

 

They are only children. They don’t know what’s best for them.  We shouldn’t let children make up their minds about whether they need or want to come. We are to bring them so they can hear the precious Gospel.

 

A BOLD COMMAND – Vs. 14b

 

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

 

“Permit the children to come to me, and don’t hinder them!”  

 

In a day when children can be physically, sexually, and emotionally abused, abandoned, ignored, and forgotten, we must remember the one we call “Lord” loves all the children in the world.

If Jesus loves the children we, who are His followers, should also love the children.

 

This verse also reminds us that children can be saved at an early age.  Children can come to Jesus for salvation when very young.  Every one of our children trusted Christ as their Savior before they were 5 years old. 

 

Polls show people are most likely to be saved when they are young!

 

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

 

Every child born into this world is born helpless.

Every child born into this world is dependent on others for food, clothing, protection and education.

 

Every Christian is born helpless.

 

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Ezekiel 18:4 - …the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

 

Just as children depend on others to survive, so Christians need Christ to survive.  Helpless dependence is what the Kingdom of God is all about.

 

The children are to be welcomed into the Kingdom of God.

 

A BASIC DOCTRINE – Vs. 15

 

Mark 10:15 - Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

 

The basic teaching is this: You can not enter the Kingdom of God unless you become like a child.

 

A child who knows he’s helpless depends on others.

A Christian who knows he’s helpless depends on Christ. Romans 5:6-8, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

You can not enter the Kingdom of God without being helplessly dependent on Christ!  Are you?

If you truly turn to Christ alone in hopeless dependence, you will be saved and your life will change.

Titus 3:5-8

 

A BLESSING SAVIOR – Vs. 16   

 

After the Lord’s rebuke of the disciples, he warmly received the children.  He didn’t casually bless them, the verb means that he “fervently blessed” them.

 

The children were naturally attracted to Jesus.

He made them feel welcome in His arms.

He was their friend.

 

Let us fervently bless the children in our area.

Let us make them feel welcome in this church.

Let us reach out to them in love.

Just as God makes us feel comfortable in His presence through the Lord Jesus, let us make children and those that have the humble faith of children feel welcome here.

 

Jesus blessed the children.  Let us do the same.

Let the children come!

 

A BLOCKED DOOR – Vs. 13

A BOTHERED MASTER – Vs. 14a

A BOLD COMMAND – Vs. 14b

A BASIC DOCTRINE – Vs. 15

A BLESSING SAVIOR – Vs. 16   

 

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