December 18, 2023 – Monday
Mark 10:13-15 KJV
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.
Mark 10:13-15 NET
13 Now people were bringing little children to him for him to touch, but the disciples scolded those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
I know I have written on these verses before, but with Christmas approaching it seems like a good time to address them once more. Plus read a quote from CS Lewis that fits what I wish to discuss as well.
First, I recall believing in Santa Claus until I was 10 or 11 or maybe even 12. There was a time on Christmas Eve or the evening prior. Not sure, but I called my Father out to tell him I had seen Santa with his sled and reindeer going across the sky. I was convinced. There was no doubt. My Father took the time to show me what I had imagined as Santa going across the sky with his sled and reindeer was a searchlight going across the sky. I was heartbroken, but still I believed. I think it was some short time later in the new year when my Father sat me down and told me the truth, “There is no ‘real’ Santa Claus.” Sadly, I do not recall him telling me about the real reason for Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ.
Now look at verse fifteen above (NET), 15 I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. We have to believe what many today call a fairy tale, that Jesus – the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary – died on the cross for the sins of each of us, was buried, and rose on the third day, later to ascend to heaven. Many today not only do not believe but reject the concept of God in its entirety. Jesus put it this way in the book of John 20 when addressing the apostle Thomas who had doubted His resurrection (KJV), 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. To me, that surely sounds like believing as a child believes.
That brings me to the CS Lewis quote where he addresses how as older children, we can hardly wait to become adults without really knowing what that means. I know I had no real idea about what it meant to be an adult even after graduating from high school and joining the US Air Force. For another way of looking at this I give you CS Lewis, “Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
Bottom Line: Let us put away the fear of being considered childlike in our faith, but instead embrace our faith and belief in Jesus with all the strength of childlike faith and let it do nothing but grow our faith in our adult years.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Let us follow You and Your Son with childlike faith and with our adult knowledge as well knowing of Your love for all of us and the reason You sent Your Son. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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