Thank you for reading our blog. Welcome to our advent series, “Who Jesus Came For.” Part three is about children and their importance to the kingdom of heave. Note: Jesus came into this world as a little child. Again, at the end of this blog post, there will be a challenge for you to share God’s love.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-7
“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7
At last, the greatest of gifts, is offered to mankind. Jesus. Simply, swaddled in cloths lying in a manger.A humble beginning to an extraordinary life a life that did not end with death on this earth, but resurrection power. In His death He saved us from sin and in His resurrection He brought us eternal life. It all began with Jesus coming as a little child.
In Jesus’ time children, according to Christianity.com, were considered to be of little value to the wider life of the community. In Greece and Rome, it was an accepted practice to abandon unwanted children along the roadsides to die.
The Bible is explicit, however, when it comes to children. They are declared a blessing from God. Jesus, as an adult, had a real heart for young ones.
According to Matthew 19:13, little children were brought to Jesus so that He could put His hands on them and pray. The disciples, however, rebuked them. Jesus responded without hesitation: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
In Luke 9:46-47, the disciples were grumbling over which of them would be the greatest.
Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside Him. He said to His disciples, “Whoeverwelcomes this little child in My name welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me welcomes the One who sent Me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
What a concept Jesus is sharing. The least… the smallest… the weakest.. is actually the greatest. That’s what Jesus entire ministry was about. Here He is, the King of Kings and He came to Earth borne in a stable and lived a life of servant hood.
In a previous story in Matthew, chapter 18, Jesus explains that greatest in the kingdom of heaven is like a little child.
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3.
Think about a child. They love unconditionally and they believe faithfully. These are things we all need to practice as adults. Jesus says: “… whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
He goes on to say, in verse 5: “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” Matthew 18:3-5.
So, here’s your challenge…
At Lord’s Gym Ministries we have the Family Activity Center (FAC) in Price Hill where you can serve at-risk youth and their parents. can serve at-risk youth, and their parents. At the FAC, you can provide encouragement to these children to become involved in healthy activities that promote positive life skills at school and at home, while nurturing their relationship with God if they so choose.