Sanctity of Life Sunday

Sunday Morning, January 15, 2017
 

Matthew 18:1-6  ~ “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

 

Matthew 19:13-15  ~ “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.”

 

Mark 10:14  ~ “But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
 
 
Look at Matthew 19:13-15, there are several things we see in this passage:
 
  1. Spontaneous desire of parent to bring their children to Jesus.
  2. Disciples reluctance to let the children come near.
    1. How typical and modern. We are so worried, so task driven, want to stay on target, so busy being about saving souls that we don’t want children to disrupt service.
    2. I’m not talking about having Children’s Church or Nursery. These are ok. But when we don’t allow children to ever be in service, we try to keep them out of the sanctuary, we are overlooking the greatest area of ministry that we have.
  3. Jesus’ reaction at those who would keep the children away from Him.
    1. Children are not a problem – not to Jesus and should not be for the church. In Mark 10:14, Jesus wanted His disciples to learn this, so there are five truths about children:
      1. Children are invited to Jesus
      2. Children are part of the kingdom
      3. Children illustrate how one receives the kingdom
      4. Children are received and blessed by Jesus
      5. Children respond to Jesus
  1. Only those with the heart and are like children can come at all.
    1. I am sure this was a shock to all the big shots of that day.
    2. I am sure this is a shock to all the big shots of today.
    3. The children were closer to Christ than those trying to keep them away!
  2. Jesus’ willingness to embrace children and bless them.

 

 

Should we do any less?

Is there any greater work than caring for children?

Should we not also bring our children to him?
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}