Jesus’ Parables: Jesus Loves The Little Children

There’s a song most of us are familiar with that we sing with our children: “Jesus Loves The Little Children.” All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white. They are precious in His sight. God does love the little ones of this world. They are precious to Him. I think this is especially made clear in Matthew 18. Take a look.

In Matthew 18:1 the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him who the greatest in the kingdom of heaven would be. Jesus then called a child to Him and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (18:3-4).

Jesus went on to say, “Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (18:5-6).

Jesus also said to them, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man came to save the lost” (18:10-11).

It is then that Jesus gave a parable to drive His lesson home: “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of My Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish” (18:12-14).

The Lord loves His creation. He loves the souls He has made. He loves the little children. He loves all people and wants all to be saved. Let’s make sure that we are bringing our children up in the training and admonition of the Lord so that they will give their hearts and their lives to God. And may we never lead them astray by our bad example.


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