Parents and Little Children
INTRODUCTION: The emphasis of this text is not on a single act, but something continuous.
Notice, the parents brought their children to Jesus. That is what all parents should do, but cannot unless they themselves have first come to Him. Have you come? And are you bringing?
This bringing may be regarded as an offering, for it is the same word as is used of the gifts of the Magi (Matt 2:11). Blessed indeed are they who thus dedicate their children to the Lord.
Mark speaks of "little children," Luke has "infants". They should be dedicated to God, and no children, from the dawn of intelligence, are too young to be told about the Savior's love, and to trust Him.
But the Apostles did not understand; they were "rebuking" those who were bringing them. Why? They regarded their Master as a teacher and a healer, and these children required Him in neither capacity. Jesus is much more, He is the Blesser. Therefore, Jesus was moved with "indignation," the only time that this emotion is attributed to Him; and, remember, it was on behalf of children.
Bottom line, we should be bringing our children to Jesus; in our dedicating of them, praying for them, by our example, by teaching them the Word, and by safeguarding their young hearts in every way possible.
I. WE BRING OUR CHILDREN TO
JESUS TEACHING SANCTIFICATION.
Ephesians 6:4, "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."
Setting aside as a good steward. Acknowledging God as Creator, Sustainer, and Owner.
II. WE BRING OUR CHILDREN TO JESUS
2 Timothy 3:15, "and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
ILL. Jim Law's Granddaughter Elizabeth
III. WE BRING OUR CHILDREN ...
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