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Bring The Little Children To Jesus
By Brian Price 11/25/2013

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!" - Luke 13:34

If you do nothing but win your children to Jesus, then you have done enough. Jesus desperately wants us to bring our children to him. Why would anyone refuse to let Jesus bless the children? Notice here in Luke ch. 13, Jesus tells the Jews how often he would have gathered their children together. He said, "How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!" The Jews absolutely refused to bring their children to Jesus. I imagine that the people were skeptical of Jesus. They did not believe that he was God in the flesh. Those children that the Jews were keeping from Jesus belonged to him in the first place. Jesus was their father, and those children were his. These people were essentially keeping this good father from seeing his boys and girls. They were denying him visitation, if you will. How sad!

We read of a similar instance in Mark chapter 10, in which it says,

"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." (Mark 10:13-16)
The idea that we get from this passage is that Jesus greatly cares for the little children. They are so important to him that you can almost hear the grief in his voice as he pleads with Jerusalem by telling them of their stubborn refusal. "How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!"

In the Old Testament, things were no different. God was greatly concerned about the children of the Jews. God said to them these words,

"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and THOU SHALT TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY UNTO THY CHILDREN, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
God was extremely serious when it came to his children. He wanted nothing but the best for his children, but the unfortunate part is that the people failed to live up to their part in fulfilling their duties to bring their children up in the nourishment of the Lord.
"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." - Ephesians 6:4
Isn't it sad when we think that there are children in this world who grow up without a father? But how much more when they grow up without their Heavenly Father? These children are not fatherless because of a bad father, but because of stubborn parents who refuse to bring their children to Jesus. Hence why Jesus said, "and YE WOULD NOT!"

I am ashamed to say that more children are brought to 'Santa Claus' to sit on his knee as opposed to Jesus. What a better place this world would be if we could stop focusing on the things that don't matter, and instead replace them with things that do matter. The body of Jesus is the church. And if we are going to bring these children to sit on the knee of their heavenly Father, then we must bring them to the church where their Father dwells.

I would even venture to say that a church that neglects to minister to the children is a church that is not doing its job to minister in the place of Jesus. We ought to be Jesus Christ on earth to these boys and girls. They need to know the love of God. Some of these children do not have happy homes. They grow up in neighborhoods where armed robbery, drugs, and sexual perversion is the norm. When they come to church, these kids need to be loved. They need you to take them up in your arms and bless them just as though Jesus himself was there.

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." - James 1:27

But let's back up here for a moment. If we are not showing love to our own children, then how can we show love to other children which are not our own? If we fail to be fathers to our own children, then essentially, our children are fatherless children. And indeed, without us parents, they are orphans.

"Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless." - Exodus 22:22-24

The intent God has made for the home is that we would be like God to our children. Until God comes back in literal form, we are supposed to minister to his children as if God were there already inside of us doing the acts of kindness through us. We are to be the image of God to the children. When they see us love them, then they know God loves them. But if we do not love them, who will? If we refuse to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, who will do it? It is our responsibility as parents, pastors, teachers, neighbors, and friends of God to be the closest thing to heaven as these children are going to experience on earth.

Sad to say, though, that many children only know hell on earth. What is wrong with people!

"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." - Matthew 18:10
These little lambs are God's. And it is a great responsibility placed in our hands to take good care of them. Woe unto us if we neglect our duties to be good caretakers of these little children! Jesus said it were better for a millstone to be hanged about our necks and for us to be cast into the sea than that we should offend one of these little children.
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." - Matthew 18:6
In conclusion, I would have to say that when it comes to little children, we ought to take good heed as to how we treat them, how we watch over them, how we care for their needs, and how we love them. We ought to treat them just as though Jesus himself was there. We ought be guardian angels to these little ones. When Jesus said that their angels do always behold the face of his Father, that means that God is constantly asking about their well-being. He is constantly calling the angels to his assembly that he may know how his little children are being treated. He wants to know if everything is alright. Is Mommy and Daddy getting along? Is little Johnny fed? Is little Susie warm? How are they doing? Are they being taught the Bible? That is why Jesus said that the angels do always behold his Father's face. It is because God honestly cares about the children and how they are doing.

Bringing the children to Jesus should be a top priority among parents. It grieves God to think people would refuse to let their children come see Jesus. And rightfully so. Bring these children to Jesus and let them be gathered around him at his feet that he may teach them.

"Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." - Isaiah 28:9

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