Blessed… Would They Ever Learn?

Some people brought children to Jesus so that he would place his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded them. “Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.” Then he blessed the children and went away from there (Matthew 19:13-15, Common English Bible).

I know I am not the smartest guy around. I often forget things I should remember. Sometimes I don’t pay attention when I should. I get it. I understand that.

What I don’t understand is how the disciples can forget so easily and so quickly. It was just the last chapter when Jesus talked with the twelve about welcoming a child and how if they called a child to stumble it would be better to have a millstone tied around their neck and thrown into the sea. It seems pretty clear to me, children are pretty important to Jesus and he wants them around.

They still don’t get it. Even though Jesus threatened them with a millstone around their necks if they didn’t treat the kids right, they just don’t seem to get it.

In some ways I do understand. As I have said previously, children were really non-people in the Biblical era. With few exceptions, they just weren’t important and the twelve thought with Jesus’ time constraints, they were doing the right thing to keep the children away so Jesus could focus on the people who were more important.

The thing to be gained from this particular text is this. Jesus is available to everyone. Regardless of nationality, race, gender or even age, Jesus is Messiah to all. Jesus is Messiah to folks like you and me. At the same time, however, Jesus is also Messiah to the youngest children and the oldest adults. Jesus is Messiah for the people we think are most important and for the people we don’t even notice. Jesus is Messiah for people that perhaps we never see.

You see, we are all children of God. We all stand in need of God’s love and grace. And, God will give that grace to anyone who freely accepts the risen Christ. Further, God always has time for the likes of you and I. It is also equally true that God has time for the children of the world around us. It might even be better if we were to say, God especially has time for the children of the world around us.

I am reminded of an old children’s song…

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
(Words by: Clare Herbert Woolston, Music by: George Frederick Root – Public Domain)

How much better off we would be and our world would be if we could just remember that God has special love for the children of the world around us. Something for us to ponder.

How do you bring the little children to Jesus?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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