We are all familiar with the story recorded in the Gospels when some parents “brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them” (see Mark 10:13 NLT). But His disciples rebuked the parents for not giving Jesus the proper respect due to a rabbi of His importance.
We are also familiar with Jesus’ characteristic response. The Gospel writers said that He was more than a little displeased, not with the parents, but with the disciples who were trying to keep the children at bay.
Rather, Jesus did not want anyone to hinder the children from coming to Him. He explained that we all need to become like a child in our hearts to receive the Kingdom of God. Then He gathered them up in His arms and, as they say in the South, “He loved on them.”