2Mark 10: (NASV)13 And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16 And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.
3Parents keen to have children blessed prepared to put themselves out Verse 13 People were bringing children to Jesus …..Parentskeen to have children blessedprepared to put themselves outmight today representparents who “opt in”
4Disciples tried to hinder parents and children Verse 13 ….. But the disciples scolded themDisciplestried to hinder parents and childrencould not have been more wrongtoday – could be siding with thecritics of RE in schools
5Jesus wants to bless children was “indignant” - aganakteo in Greek Verse 14When Jesus saw this …..Jesuswants to bless childrenwas “indignant” - aganakteo in Greekstill cares about children
6Therefore …We do our children a great disservice if we hinder them from encountering the story and message of Jesus