This is a message I spoke April 6, 2014 at CrossCentral church in Bryan, TX. I have included my notes if you’d like to follow along:
Faith Like A Child
13People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.15Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”16And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
- It can be hard to relate – hard to think like a child
- These people were well acquainted with the religious leaders – mostly the reasons why they didn’t measure up.
- They found a man who healed the sick, forgave the sinners and loved the unlovable. They were drawn to Him
- The disciples had become the Pharisees – the “gatekeepers”
6 I opened for my beloved,
but my beloved had left; he was gone.
My heart sank at his departure.
I looked for him but did not find him.
I called him but he did not answer.
7 The watchmen found me
as they made their rounds in the city.
They beat me, they bruised me;
they took away my cloak,
those watchmen of the walls!
Song of Solomon 5:6-7
1) Jesus Sees
- Jesus saw what was going on and He stood up. He broke decorum. He rebuked His disciples in front of everyone. He wouldn’t let the children be denied.
- Then, just as quickly as Jesus stands up for the children, He asks the impossible of us.
- We can’t have faith like children. We don’t have faith because we have a reason not to.
2) Jesus Saves
- Jesus isn’t stupid. He knows what He’s asking for – so much so that He reiterates it
- You cannot inherit heaven, His kingdom, without this impossible faith.
- Luke 18:27 – “what is impossible with man…”
- But if I choose to throw that caution to the wind – to trust what I can’t see – then I will inherit the kingdom of God.
- This Kingdom is “now and not yet”
3) Jesus Blesses
- For those who enter Jesus’ presence, it’s way better than you could have imagined.
- Many of you have felt overlooked, looked down upon, passed over and rejected by “the gatekeepers.” In and out of church
- Some of you have suffered unspeakable things
- But you’re here. Maybe you’re curious. Maybe you’re hopeful against all odds.
- But I’ll tell you why you’re really here. Because He’s good. He’s real. He really hears. He really sees. He really knows you.