“He said, “Let the children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.””
Children are a huge blessing. Yes of course, they may have their days when they don’t listen, when they misbehave, or even purposefully do the opposite of what their parents tell them to do. BUT don’t children remind us of our walk with Jesus. We too have times when we reject God’s voice and do the opposite to what He asks us to do. Yet just as an Earthly parent shows grace to their children, forgives them and loves them, so our Heavenly Father does too, and even more so. His love, grace, and forgiveness, comes from an unlimited storehouse, full of blessings for us.
In today’s passage, Jesus rebukes and even gets angry with the disciples for stopping the parents bringing their children to Jesus so He could bless them. Jesus tells His disciples that unless we too, receive the Kingdom of God like a child, we miss out on entering it. What does Jesus mean by this? Did He mean we must have childish attitudes when understanding God’s Kingdom? Perhaps not. The Bible does encourage us to seek a deeper understanding of His Kingdom and to move from the ‘milk’ (the basic things of God’s Kingdom), and to search for the ‘meat’ (the deeper things of God)1.
What Jesus is highlighting, is the need for childlike trust and dependence of Jesus alone. As adults we want to try to fix everything, have a solution for everything and have an answer for everything; just like the rich man, in the next portion of Mark chapter 10, who thought he had ‘done’ enough to get into God’s Kingdom by his ‘good deeds and obedience’. Yet Jesus is highlighting here, that unless we become like a child, complete reliance on our Heavenly Father, we will always think that there is something we can do, earn or fix, to get us into Heaven. Friends, beside Jesus, there is nothing we can do to get into Heaven. Salvation, grace and redemption are a gift from our Father, to us His children. Accept it like a child and receive the keys to the Kingdom of God. Simple, yet deep!
11 Corinthians 3:2