THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Teddy came thundering down the stairs, much to his father's annoyance.
"Teddy," he called, "how many more times have I got to tell you to come down the stairs quietly?
Now, go back up and come down like a civilized human being."
There was a silence, and Teddy reappeared in the front room.
"That's better," said his father. "Now will you always come down stairs like that?"
"Suits me," said Teddy. "I slid down the banister."
13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them:
and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them,
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such
is the kingdom of God.
15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God
as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
The disciples thought Jesus was too busy teaching doctrinal issues to take time with children.
But Jesus explained they should be ALLOWED to come to Him.
Many today believe that Jesus is too DEEP for children to comprehend.
But even a child can realize conviction for sin.
Even a child can realize the love and forgiveness of God.
During 26 years of pastoral servitude, I have faced this question many times:
"When is a child OLD ENOUGH to understand salvation?"
I always respond with, "When are YOU old enough to understand it?"
The truth is: on this side of heaven, we'll NEVER understand it.
But we can REALIZE it!
Jesus explained, "of such" (Like little children) "is the kingdom of heaven."
It is imperative that we ALL come to Christ as little children in order to be saved.
We cannot understand, but we can realize!
We can participate.
We can surrender and receive!
When a child, or an adult, feels conviction of sin and realizes that sin has caused Jesus' death;
and, when they feel contrition for that sin - the need of repentance, then all that is needed
is commitment to Christ through surrender to His Lordship.
Do not refuse children to come to Christ because they do not comprehend doctrine.
It is the surrender in trust that brings salvation.
Growing in doctrinal comprehension is what we do AFTER we are saved.
There's a little child in ALL of us!