Jesus and the Children
Matthew 18:12-14 “How think ye? If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which has gone astray?
And if so be that He find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoicieth more of that sheep, then of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
Jesus thinks children are very important. The training and guiding them to come to Him, is vital.
Jesus would have them all come to Him and be saved.
“..it is not the will of your Father in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
And in order for that to happen, He will go out and search for them.
In Mark it says:
Mark 10:13-14, 16 “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.
And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them.”
He was displeased that the disciples wanted to keep the children away. He took them up in His arms and blessed them.
Children who are brought up to love the Lord, and know His love for them personally, may stray far, when they grow older. (My son was one of these.)
But they will be brought back, for He is always their Shepherd.
Matthew 18:12-13 “How think ye? If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.”
And why does He rejoice so, over that one?
Because, they are always in His plans and purposes.
Matthew 18:10-11 “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in heaven.
For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.”
The children are especially mentioned when He comes into Jerusalem. He is praised by the multitude; but they fade away.
But the children come into the Temple with the blind and the lame, after Jesus drives out the moneychangers. And they keep on praising Him.
When they are complained about, Jesus says God has ordained them for praise.
Matthew 21:15-16 “And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
And said unto Him, Hearest Thou what these say? And Jesus said unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise?”
Psalm 8:2 “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained strength because of Thine enemies, that Thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”
After Christ arose, and Peter is forgiven his denials of Jesus, and given his ministry for the rest of his life; he was told first:
John 21:15 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jona, lovest thou Me more than these? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.”
Sometimes I feel that we are like the Israelites in Egypt under the Pharaoh which killed so many children. (Exodus 1:22)
Our Adversary, the devil, is seeking to limit the influence of Christ Jesus, so how better, than to destroy our children.
Pharaoh drowned them in the Nile, and how many children are being “drowned” in things of this world: the internet, peer pressure, violence. There are many others, but all are choking the true “life” in Christ, out of our children.
It does not matter whether they are rich or poor, the answer is as Jesus said, “Bring them unto me.”
(Many say that a whole generation is already gone: Maybe so, and maybe [and let us all pray so] the Shepherd is going out now to rescue these lost ones.)
Proverbs 2:1-2, 9 “My son, if thou wilt receive My words, and hide My commandments with thee;
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thy heart to understand;
Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgement, and equity; yea, every good path.
That is what we want for our children, the “good path”, wherein is righteousness and peace.
Matthew 18:12-13 “…If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
And if it so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.”
The Lord Jesus loves our children, let us love them also, with our prayers for their salvation, and our witness of all the good God has done for us.