"When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'"
Imagine this scene: Parents are bringing their children to have them touched by Jesus. The disciples are annoyed by this and attempt to send them all away, presumably making the case that Jesus has more important things to do. Jesus won’t hear of it. In His typically direct way, He attributes high value to a slice of society that others overlook or simply tolerate and makes them the focus of attention. Those who were viewed as intruders were, in fact, the most welcome. He publicly corrects His disciples in front of everyone and welcomes the children to come to Him, embracing them and blessing them.
What does Jesus mean that anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it? It’s as simple as acknowledging our hopeless dependence and need for assistance, admitting we are as powerless as babies. As responsible and respectable adult disciples, we can get a bit too resourceful about trying to find our own way into God’s good graces. It’s time for a trusting, child-like approach.
Jesus invites you to climb up in His lap and receive His blessing like a child, utterly dependent on Him.