Today's verses are Mark 10:13-14: "And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, 'Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.'" There is nothing stronger than a parent's love for a child.  That's why parents started bringing their little children to Jesus, wanting him to touch and bless them.  Moreover, children are the future of any city and/or nation.  So people in this city started bringing children to Jesus to touch and bless them.  It was obvious he possessed a great power.  Perhaps a touch and a blessing would give the children a sense of his powerful blessing for all their lives.

The disciples saw the constant flow of children to Jesus as an annoyance.  They tried to prevent them from coming, even rebuking the adults for wasting Jesus' time.

Jesus became "indignant" with his disciples, angry with them for their attitudes.  He reacts emphatically to say that these children are equally worthy of his blessing and love as are the adults are.  He did not want them to be hindered from coming to him.  They too should have access to his kingdom.

In other words, Jesus desires children to come to faith in him at an early age.

We all love testimonies where someone was walking in total darkness, involved in lying, stealing, drugs and/or sex, then suddenly they meet Jesus and their entire lives were transformed and changed.  Then they warn younger kids to stay away from these things.  We, as parents and adults, are thrilled they share this message with our kids.  And we pray the message will sink into the hearts or our kids.

I can't speak for you, but I praise God all three of my children met Jesus at an early age and were able to avoid the deep scars of bad choices.  I'm glad they don't have to remember the wounds of bad choices and experiences.  Dramatic stories of moving from darkness to light are wonderful.  But I think Jesus here is saying they don't have to happen.  In fact, I think he's saying he'd prefer they not be the norm.  He'd prefer for little children to come to faith in him at an early age and live faithfully for him all their days.  They can avoid severe scars.  Plus they can serve him faithfully more years on this earth!

Let all of us as parents and those who work with children have this as our greatest desire: let the little children come to faith at an early age.  Like adults, let them receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, by grace through faith, at the earliest possible age.

Remember: Jesus becomes "Indignant" when this doesn't happen.  He wants the little children to come to him in faith.  This too is a part of his kingdom rule.