St. Mark 10: 1 – 16

March 1, 2022

And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again.

2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away.

5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.

6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter.

11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her.

12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery.

13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

I think this is one of the best loved stories about Jesus. It’s a lovely visual that warms our hearts, “And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.”

But verse 15 is so important to us – us, the full grown folk. We worry about the silliest things. There’s so much we don’t understand – about the Bible, about the saints, about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and if we’re doing our prayers correctly … the list of things we worry about is endless. But what does Jesus say? Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. He’s telling us that if we believe, with the sort of faith that children have, if we believe in Him that way, we can look forward to being with Him in heaven. Don’t worry so much – even the belief of that of a child is sufficient; Jesus knows your mind and your heart. He knows what we worry about and He cares that we do.

Regardless of what our bodies and mirrors may say, inside we’re all still children – the children that believe that Jesus is Emmanuel.

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