by Daniel Rodgers

Jesus Loves The Little Children
Dan Rodgers
Mark 10:13-16
Sunday, August 8, 2004

"And they brought young children to him, 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, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of 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."


On Friday evening we had "Awards Night" in our church for our Neighborhood Bible Time program, which ran from last Sunday through Friday. We had many children throughout the week—teenagers and younger, who received the Lord as their Savior. How wonderful to see boys and girls come to Jesus. Many of those children we will never see again. Some people might ask, "Why all the fuss? Why all the expenditure of money, time and effort?" That was the attitude of the disciples in Mark, chapter 10: "And they brought young children to Him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them."

The Bible says Jesus was very displeased with their attitude. He took the children up in His arms and blessed them. Friend, Jesus loves children—all children. They are soft and tender. Their little hearts are warm and affectionate. They have a lot of faith—they want to believe in Jesus. And if someone will tell them about the Lord they will believe on Him. They have not yet become calloused and tainted by the world. That's why we feel it is important to reach them early in life. They learn so quickly when they are young. And, I might add; they remember what they learn.

Illustration: Someone put it in perspective like this:

Suppose that Paul had been converted at seventy, instead of twenty-five. There would have been no Paul in history. There was a Matthew Hen ...

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