Our Next Guest Is: Little Children

Series: Our Next Guest | Week 7: A Journey Through the Gospel of Mark

Day Three Mark 10:13-16

13 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15 I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

1. Why do the parents bring their children to Jesus?
2. How does Jesus feel about the mindset of exclusivity that the disciples continue to exhibit (verse 14)?
3. What word does Jesus use in verse 15 to illustrate how we enter the Kingdom of God?

Jesus continues to teach the disciples lessons about Himself and the type of kingdom He came to bring, this time through the example of children. Jesus says we receive the Kingdom of God. We don’t earn it, achieve it, or accomplish entry into it based on anything good that we do. Instead, we enter in by admitting our sin and humbly receiving the free gift of salvation on the merit of the righteousness of Jesus alone. Spend a few minutes now confessing to God the ways you still find yourself trying to earn His favor or love. Pray for the ability to receive His gifts as a child.

For Further Reading: Childlike Faith, Not Childish Faith

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