Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
Jesus had just answered our question on adultery. Peter heard something outside. We went to the door to see a crowd of people approaching with their children.
“What do they want?” I asked.
“Who knows?” James answered.
They walked up, and one person said, “We want Jesus to bless our children.”
“He doesn’t have time for that,” John answered.
From behind us, Jesus raised his voice, rebuking us. In shame, I lowered my eyes. Jesus walked to the door.
Looking at the crowd, then turning to us, disapproval in his eyes, he said to us, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone, who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Like children dependent on their fathers, rather than self-reliant warriors… that’s the type who will enter the kingdom of God. Not what I expected.
Jesus walked out and took a seat. I watched as he took every child, one by one, in his arms, placing his hands on them and blessing them.