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.
This is such a small passage & yet what an amazing impact. The people were bringing their children to Jesus so that he would touch them. The disciples saw this as irrelevant to Jesus’ ministry. They were clearly wrong & publicly told so. Jesus goes on to use this as a picture of the Kingdom of God. The Message version says that “Unless you accept God’s Kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then Jesus gathers the kids in his arms and blesses them.
This must have been so refreshing for Jesus. No arguing Pharisees just kids to bless. Jesus is wanting/longing to touch us & bless us, not keep us at arms length or ignore us or argue with us. Children are precious, not complicated and we are to be like them. I think I have often missed the longed for touch of Jesus because I’ve been .. complicated ..
Lord, thank you for the simplicity of your grace, all we have to do is accept it.
Written by Suzie Hodgson