Jesus Blesses Little Children

13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there. – Matthew 19:13-15.

The Loving Master — The disciples rebuke those who bring little children to Jesus so that He can put His hands on them and pray. This was the traditional rabbinical blessing for children. This has nothing to do with salvation. Jewish parents saw their children as already members of the congregation of Israel by birth.

The Master rebukes His disciples for trying to stop the children from gaining access to Him, thus expressing His love for little children and emphasizing that they too can come to Him. Jesus is emphatic in His desire to be available to all.

“…for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven” (v.14). This is not a reference to the children themselves, but to those (a) with child-like characteristics, or (b) who see themselves in a low or receiving position who would enter the kingdom of God (cf. Matt. 18:2-4). This is not a verse on the salvation of children. Jesus is saying that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like little children.

Jesus teaches us a lesson about the kingdom of heaven – it is accessible to all those who truly seek to enter.

Jesus blesses the children and leaves.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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