It’s possible that the parents who brought their babies for Jesus to bless were just attracted by his fame and looking for a “photo op.” After all, kissing babies is something we associate (sometimes jokingly) with politicians today. But Jesus could communicate at a more direct level with even the smallest baby if he chose to. More than that, he knew the parents’ intentions because he could see into their hearts. Parents who turned to him for a blessing were making a promise to raise their children up in the right way, much like we do when we hold baby dedications.
Questions for further thought:
1. What is your earliest memory of knowing Jesus?
2. Do you think it’s important for children to begin to know Jesus at a young age, even before they can possibly have a memory of it?
Challenge: Follow Jesus’ example and take extra time to notice the kids who run around in church. Be tolerant of noisy, squirmy toddlers and crying babies.
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