The promise is for you and your children . . . for all whom the Lord our God will call.
The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends that each child visit the
doctor for a well-child exam eleven
times before the age of three and once
a year thereafter. In those twenty-seven
childhood checkups, the pediatrician
will administer immunizations, give
recommendations for the child’s
nutrition and safety, and monitor
growth and development. Whether the
little one appears ill or not, the doctor
will do everything possible to ensure
appropriate physical wellbeing.
In today’s passage, concerned parents
bring their children to another kind of
doctor: the Great Physician. Sometimes
we have thought of this as a serene
scene in a storybook. We imagine
happy moms and dads posing their
babies for a celebrity photo with Jesus.
The text doesn’t tell us that these
children were sick in any way, so we
might think the parents were simply
requesting a nice ritual. Not so.
While some parents brought their
children to Jesus for prayer, many did
not. And the ones who did faced the
hostility of the disciples who believed
that Christ should not be bothered by
healthy little kids. But these parents
were just as determined as the friends
of the paralytic who clawed their way
through the roof (Luke 5:17–26) or the
father with the demon-possessed son
who begged Jesus to heal him (Luke
9:37–43). Following their example,
we must be tireless in our efforts to
place our children before Jesus. We
know that He is the only one who can
make them spiritually well, and so we
intercede for them against all obstacles.
For His part, Jesus welcomed the little
children. He was delighted to place
His hands on them and intercede
for their young lives. What parent or
grandparent or aunt or uncle would
not want the same for the children
Apply the Word
Who are the children in your life? Do you have children or grandchildren? Do you participate in the life of the church’s children by teaching Sunday school or greeting them as they pass your pew? Jesus welcomes, loves, and intercedes for the weakest and youngest members of His body. We, too, bring children to Christ by prayer.
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