Mark 10:
13-16 The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.  (The Message)

The people in this story were bringing little ones to Jesus, because they wanted Him to touch them.  As a parent, I was choosy about who I would take my children to.  I didn’t let just anyone hold them.

These parents knew that Jesus was safe and virtuous.  They had such strong feelings about Jesus that they were willing to ‘rush the stage’ to see if He would touch and bless their children.  They loved their kids and wanted Jesus to impart something to them.  They must have known that He was comfortable with children.

And what is your attitude toward babies and small children?

Some people love kids exclusively and avoid adult relationships.  They may be especially gifted with kids or they may be avoiding the threat of adult relationships. Still others avoid and even fear children.

So, what is your attitude around babies and children?

Who are the little ones that enter the Kingdom?  Who are the children that we should bring to Jesus for a blessing on their lives?  Anyone can be a little one. 

The job description for child reads:

·      Total dependency on others
·      Lacking in wisdom and maturity
·      Needing supervision
·      Not expected to be fully responsible
·      Willing to trust
·      Full of fears
·      Vulnerable
·      Imaginative and fun-loving
·      Affectionate and loyal
·      Would rather play than do chores
·      Need convincing to have a bath but then hard to get out of the tub

Sesame Street is another picture of God’s Kingdom. The children’s show has a diversity of characters living, loving and learning in community. Remember the theme song?[i]

Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street

Come and play
Everything's A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That's where we meet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street

It's a magic carpet ride
Every door will open wide
To happy people like you--
Happy people like
What a beautiful

Sunny Day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street...

Can you tell me how to get to the Kingdom of God? We come like the imaginative and loving children we once were. And we bring other friends to play with us.

Just as you would bring a newborn baby to your parents, you want your children to share the love that you have for your parents.  You want your parents to love them.  You want your parents to approve of your children.

So how does the family circle get so broken?