1. Tell the story of Jesus and the children from Luke 18:15-17.
- As Jesus was busy teaching one day, some people wanted to bring their children and babies to see Jesus. They wanted Jesus to touch their babies and bless them. But as they tried to come near, some of the disciples saw them and stopped them. Maybe they thought that Jesus wouldn’t want to be interrupted by a drooling baby or a grubby kid. What if they started crying and disturbed everyone else?
- But Jesus saw them and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
- Isn’t that wonderful? Jesus wasn’t too busy for the children. He wasn’t too important for little toddlers. He said that the Kingdom of God belonged to them, so they should be allowed to come whenever they wanted.
- Jesus also said, "Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it!"
- What did He mean by that? A child knows his daddy and mummy. A child does not come to his parents because he thinks he earned the right to. He comes to his parents because he is their child — he knows they love him just as he is.
- Remember last week we learned about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector? What did the Pharisee do? (boast about how good he is). We don’t have to boast about our qualifications before we can come to God. We can just come to Him as we are, like a child running to his father.
- Sometimes, our dads and mums may be busy with work. Sometimes they may be talking with someone important. And sometimes they may not have time for us. When we come to them, they may be occupied and not want to be interrupted. But there is someone who is never too busy for us. That is Jesus. So whatever and whenever, we can go to Jesus and know that He welcomes us warmly all the time.
- And because Jesus loves all the children, we can tell our friends about Him too, so that they also can have someone to go to all the time.
- Memory verse: Luke 18:16 “Let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."