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Children in the Arms of the Loving God

By Michael Milton

Mark 10:13-16

 

I came across some other wonderful prayers of children, which reveal their authentic way of coming to God.

Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. — Larry

I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool. — Eugene

Are you really invisible or is that just a trick? — Lucy

Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? — Norma

Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't you just keep the ones you got now? — Jane

I don't ever feel alone since I found out about you. — Nora

As Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darndest things.” But in the passage today, it is Jesus who says the most amazing things. And what He says is not only about children but about each of us.

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “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.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them (Mark 10:13-16).

Suffer the Little Children

We have all heard about the infamous novel where a mystery was supposedly encrypted in the paintings of Leonardo di Vinci. Well, today, we come to a Scripture that has inspired many works of art. In fact, the “Suffer the Little Children” stained glass window in our balcony depicts Mark 10:13-16 and its parallels in Matthew 19 and Luke 18, the story of Jesus welcoming little children.

I once preached in Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Home for Boys in Savannah, Georgia. That same scene was memorialized in a stained glass window in that chapel. Each Sunday, as I do here, I would look at it, but today, I want to say that there is a message embedded in that painting. I would call the painting “Children in the Arms of a Loving God.” If God helps us today, we will be able to see with eyes of faith the truth behind the scene. In this scene of children in the arms of a loving God, God has placed a story to be told, lessons to be learned, a key to unlatch eternal life, and a promise to bring you ultimate happiness. Whoever learns these lessons and latches on to this key and leaves with this promise will never be the same.

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