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Children: What Did Jesus say about Children

Jesus expressed profound love and value for children, emphasizing their significance in the Kingdom of God. Here are some relevant Bible verses and three main takeaways from His teachings on children:

Relevant Bible Verses

  1. Matthew 19:14 (ESV)
  • “But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.'”
  1. Mark 10:13-16 (ESV)
  • “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. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”
  1. Matthew 18:1-5 (ESV)
  • “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.'”

Three Main Takeaways

  1. Value and Dignity of Children
  • Jesus emphasized the inherent value and dignity of children, making it clear that they are to be welcomed, loved, and not hindered in their approach to Him. This teaches us the importance of treating children with respect, care, and unconditional love, recognizing their special place in God’s heart.
  1. Humility and Dependence
  • By encouraging adults to become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven, Jesus highlighted qualities such as humility, dependence, trust, and openness—traits often found in children. This reminds us that spiritual maturity involves recognizing our dependence on God and maintaining a humble and teachable spirit.
  1. Receiving Children as Receiving Christ
  • Jesus’ statement that whoever receives a child in His name receives Him underscores the significance of caring for and ministering to children. This illustrates the deep spiritual truth that our treatment of children (and by extension, the vulnerable and dependent) reflects our relationship with Jesus Himself. It challenges us to see Christ in every child and to serve them as we would serve the Lord.

Jesus’ teachings about children reveal God’s heart for the young and vulnerable and challenge believers to embrace humility, dependence, and a welcoming spirit.


  • Greg Gaines

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