(J) would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called unto them, and said, (K) Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for (L) of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
J – Matt. 19:13> Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
K – Prov.8:17> I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
L – 1 Cor.14:20> Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
Eph.4:14 – Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.
1 Pet.2:2 – Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Rom. 16:19 – Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
It was customary for a mother to bring her children to a rabbi for a blessing, and that is why these mothers gathered around Jesus. The disciples, however, thought the children were unworthy of the Master’s time – less important than whatever else he was doing. But Jesus welcomed them, because little children have the kind of faith and trust needed to enter God’s Kingdom. It is important that we introduce our children to Jesus and that we ourselves approach him with childlike attitudes of acceptance, faith, and trust.