This sermon was based on Mark 10:13-16
Let the Children Come to Me
13And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14But 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. 15Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
.You Matter Because You’re No Big Deal
- This passage is not about the virtue of children. It is about approaching God like a child, not in that sentimental sense but rather owning up to our weakness. Recognising we are powerlessness and approaching God with humility.
- You matter to Jesus because you’re no big deal. We are cared for by God, not by our virtue or goodness. We matter because he looks at us and sees that we need him.
- Children had very poor position in society. Jesus is making it clear that he decides our position, we don’t, others don’t and society doesn’t.
You Matter Because Jesus Says You Matter
- Jesus looks at these little children, sees their vulnerability and weakness, sees how society looks down on them and he speaks up.
- You matter because Jesus says you matter – Jesus speaks up for us. It’s a snapshot of what Jesus will go on to do – Romans 5:6 ‘For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.’
- These kids get into his presence because Jesus speaks up while they are still weak. When the disciples spoke they drove people away – Jesus draws people in.
You Matter So Jesus Gives You Purpose
- When the children were bought to Jesus their parents’ hope was that Jesus would touch them. Not a passing gesture – he could have reached out and touched numbers of kids to get through them quickly. Jesus does much more than that.
- Jesus is not idly praying, not trying to get out of an awkward moment – he is blessing these kids. In our modern culture we can miss the significance of this. To bless and lay on hands is a moment of commissioning, a passing on of power from God to a human.
- When we find ourselves in Jesus presence we are not there by the skin of our teeth. We are not an irritant. We are there because Jesus vouches for us. We are there to be commissioned – to be blessed!