October 30th 2009

Suffer Little Children

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not.”

Luke 18:16 (KJV) 

What was Jesus’ life like as a young boy? 

He was born into a violent society and the violence continued as He grew older. People, who knew Mary, but were ignorant of God’s plan of salvation, must have always thought of Jesus as being illegitimate. And, of course, their children would have picked up on a word like illegitimate and told the young Jesus to His face. 

Children can be very cruel as we’ve seen in the news just lately. Sadly though, it’s nothing new, there have always been children who have killed other children and children who have abused other children. 

Much of the crime committed by children in this society is blamed on poverty and deprivation. There is a point in what is said, but it is no excuse. Many poor people depicted in the Bible went on to do great deeds. 

Jesus’ childhood is a wonderful example to us. Despite His life being difficult and often sorrowful, sin was never an option for Him. Anyone who does not have a human father in this world has a Heavenly Father who loves him. Children have amazing character traits. They are original thinkers and can be very honest, which can be a little disconcerting at times. 

Jesus said ‘Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not’. His boyhood must have been hard, but He knew the worth of everyone, even those who mocked Him. He knew the worth of every child and they were very precious to Him.           


Father, thank you for the example of the child Jesus, and thank you that our children are precious to him.


Study by Paula Loveridge

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