Jesus Loves the Little Children

“Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

This is a “Sunday school” song I learned growing up. Do you know it? (Sorry, if the song becomes stuck in your head.) Why is it important that Jesus loves children?

John Ortberg writes in his book titled, “Who Is This Man?” that in the ancient world children were routinely left to die of exposure – particularly if they were the wrong gender; they were often sold into slavery. Jesus’ treatment of and teachings about children led to the forbidding of such practices, as well as orphanages and godparents. A Norwegian scholar named Bakke wrote a study of this impact, simply titled: When Children Became People; the Birth of Childhood in Early Christianity.

Jesus turned up side down the thinking of his day about children. To really know God, we are to become like children. He welcomed and blessed children. Children were given identity and called beloved by God, the Father.

As we try to follow Jesus, we take his teaching on this matter to heart. We don’t exclude children or send them away. We care for them and want to help them learn about God’s love, mercy and grace. We include them in our worship, our fellowship and our serving. We serve them by offering opportunities for age appropriate learning and family events to grow in faith.

Tomorrow is “Children’s & Youth Ministry Leader Appreciation Day”! A time to celebrate all who take seriously this call of Jesus to love kids and share God’s love with them. We’ll be looking for you at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we affirm their service and affirm all of us for trying to be like Jesus and loving kids.

Grace and peace,
Vikki


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