by Jerry Vines

Jesus Loves Children
Jerry Vines
Mark 9, 10

Tonight gives me the perfect setting for what I have been wanting to talk with you about for a good while. Listen to these verses in Mark 9, beginning with verse 36.

"And he (the Lord Jesus) took a child and set him in the midst of them. And when he had taken him in his arms he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me. And whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me but him that sent me."

Look at verse 42 of that chapter.
"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he were cast into the sea."

Now, look at the 10th chapter, verse 13.
"And they brought young children to him (Jesus) that he should touch them. And his disciples rebuked those that brought them, but when Jesus saw it he was much displeased and said unto them (disciples), Suffer (permit) the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for us such is the kingdom of God. Verily, I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them and blessed them."

Even a casual reading of the New Testament will make it very, very clear to you that Jesus loves children. One of the earliest songs I can recall learning when I was a child was the familiar little song:
Jesus loves the little children.
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world."

So we know that Jesus loves the little children. Is there anything sweeter than a little child? I was looking at those bright little faces up there and just thanking God for the gift of little children. I know that some of you were looking with far more loving eyes than was I because there was a special little child, or two or three. Others of you looked wi ...

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