Jesus and the Children
Dr. J Gerald Harris
The message this morning has to do with Jesus and the children. The Bible teaches that children are a blessing from God.
In Genesis 17:16 God was talking to Abraham concerning his wife Sarah. And God said, "I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother."
In Genesis 33 we read that Jacob and Esau came together to restore their severed relationship. For many years they had been separated because of bitterness and deceit and hatred. But when they came together, Esau said to Jacob, "Who are those with thee?"
And Jacob said, "The children which God has graciously given thy servant."
In Psalm 127 the Bible says, "Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them."
Now, I know that some of you here today do not have children. God has not blessed you with children. Don't despair. Keep trusting. But I think that may mean that God has simply called you to a special sacrifice and that if you are faithful in that, he will have a special blessing for you.
But I want you to know that there is one thing that I can do. I can bear witness to the fact that our children have been a great blessing to us. They're not children anymore, but they continue to be a source of joy and a reason for thanksgiving.
I remember when Miriam, our daughter, had a loose tooth. I had been trying to get her to let me pull her loose tooth all week long. She vehemently refused to let us pull that tooth.
Then Sunday morning came and she had just pulled that tooth in the church service, right before I was to get up to preach. As I stood to read the Scripture, I happened to look down where she and her mother were seated, and she was holding up that tooth with one hand and pointing to it with the other han ...
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