Why Jesus Wants to Touch Your Child
Matthew 19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
- The Desire of the Parents – …that he should put his hands on them, and pray
What a blessing!
There’s no greater desire for a parent than to want God to put His hand on their child.
So many parents are obsessed with their children getting a good education, making a lot of money, becoming famous.
Nothing could be greater for a parent than to get them to the place where God can reach out and put His hand on them.
- The Delusion of the Disciples – …and the disciples rebuked them
Even the disciples were completely unaware of how much importance Jesus placed on children.
They had the misconception that the things of God were not for children.
That Jesus didn’t have time for children.
- The Declaration of the Savior – forbid them not!
Mark 10:13, 14 puts it this way… and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased,
Jesus was very upset with the disciple’s lack of understanding.
He wanted to lay his hands on those children. He wanted to touch them.
Jesus STILL wants to touch your child!
God still wants to put His hand upon your child and bless them in a supernatural way.
I. Children Have a Soul
- Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
God created human beings with an eternal soul.
They have that soul from the moment they are conceived.
That soul isn’t something that evolves over time, as children mature and grow up.
They are born with an eternal soul – created in the very image of God.
At some stage in their life, they reach the age of accountability.
They are aware of the fact that they are a sinner and in need of salvation.
II. Children Have a Choice
- Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
This is not a natural occurrence.
- Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Children do not produce pure and right works by accident.
There are two ways – the way that leadeth to destruction; and the way that leadeth to life.
- Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
They have to be taught to love the Lord.
- 6: 5-7 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
III. Children Have a Life
- II Timothy 3:14, 15 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Apostle Paul recognized that Timothy; now a young pastor, had a solid foundation from childhood.
Paul knew that a child could learn the scriptures and that it could make him wise.
Jesus invited children to come to Him because even children need God in their life!
We don’t think about it enough probably, but children need to learn to trust God too.
- They need to learn to pray and talk to God and recognize His voice. – little Samuel did! I Sam. 3:10
- They need to learn to stand up to negative peer pressure. – Joseph did! 37:2
- They need to be able to trust Him with their giving. – the lad with the lunch did! John 6:9
- They need to learn to tell them about the power of God. – Naaman’s little maid did! II Kings 5:2