This is the time of year when many parents take their children to see some guy dressed in red and sporting a white beard and a big belly. And if parents want to have their children visit the Macy’s Store Santa in Manhattan, they will have to make an appointment to do so!
Here at Grace, we don’t have a Santa for your kids to meet. But we would like to introduce your children to someone much greater, much more caring than old Saint Nick!
In the Gospel of Mark, chapter ten, a “man” named Jesus was busy teaching the multitudes. Numerous parents (and probably aunts, uncles, and grandparents, too) were bringing children to Jesus. They wanted this young and upcoming, miracle-working rabbi to bless their kids. His disciples thought he was way too busy to bother with these children. So they stopped these adults and children in their tracks. “Go away!” they told them. In their thinking, Jesus had better things to do than bless a lot of little ones.
When Jesus realized what was going on, he became angry. Very angry! He rebuked his disciples. He told them in no uncertain terms: “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Jesus then scooped up the children in his arms and blessed them.
This story reveals the heart Jesus has for children. It is children who most openly receive Him. Their concerns, their joys, and their hearts are important to God. And since we claim to be followers of Jesus, we want to have the same kind of heart for children that He did. Children mattered to Jesus. Here at Grace Church, they matter to us, too.
If you have children, we invite you to visit us sometime. We’d love to meet you!