Suffer the Children not

And they were bringing unto him little children, that he should touch them: and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me; forbid them not: for to such belongeth the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall in no wise enter therein. And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.—Mark 10:13-16.

 

Thinking that the children were unworthy of his attention, the disciples tried to prevent them from coming unto the Lord; to this Christ replied with a parable saying that the kingdom of God belonged to those such as the children.  Obviously these statements from Mark are metaphor intended to teach us that all humanity is in effect children of God, and to approach God’s kingdom the traits of childlike innocence and humility are necessary as innocent children are nearer the kingdom than those of us that the world has touched.  Unlike a new born child, completely free of sin, we must be as born again, cleansed of the sins of the world before we can approach the kingdom of God.

Are you as innocent as a new born child?  Do you do things that in effect prevent others from coming unto Christ?   Think about it.

 

 

 

 

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