Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Back in the 70s, Johnny Cash made a film titled “Gospel Road” about the life of Jesus. I was thrilled a few years ago to discover it had been re-issued. I purchased it and was so blessed to see it was as wonderful as I remembered. It presents aspects of Jesus in a manner that I’ve never seen in another film. One of my favorite scenes is Jesus with the little children.
Picture a bunch of children playing in the water and on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. They are having a great time splashing and running – just being little kids. Maybe I relate to them so well because I grew up right on Lake Michigan and spent so many hours playing like they were. But then, they see Jesus coming!
The children all run to him and he kneels down on the shore with them and they are thrilled. Can’t you just see Jesus sitting on the shore with a little kid in his lap and all the kids playing around them, splashing and carrying on. Then he’s digging in the wet sand with them. What a marvelous picture, seeing Jesus and the children grinning and laughing together having just a wonderful time. He even picks one of the kids up and does a “zerrbert” on his chest – laughing all the while.
The children knew Jesus was someone they loved to be around. He was special to them. But they were also special to him. He loved to be with them as well. Can you picture him laughing and grinning? Can you imagine having fun with him? Think of being with him and going home knowing it had been one of the best times of your life – one you wished would never end.
The wonderful news is that we are never too old to experience such joy and delight in Him. We too can experience him smiling and enjoying us. We just need to become more like children.