READ ABOUT IT: MARK 9-10
Jesus and His disciples came to Capernaum. When He was in the house He asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?" But the disciples kept silent. On the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.
Jesus sat down and called the twelve. He said to them, "If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." Jesus took a child and put him in the midst of them. Taking the child in His arms, Jesus said to the disciples, "Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me. And whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me."
Jesus left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. Crowds gathered to Him again. Again, as was His custom, Jesus taught them. And they were bringing children to Jesus that He might touch them. The disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, He was indignant. He 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 Jesus took the children in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands on them.
TALK ABOUT IT:
1. What were the disciples arguing about while walking with Jesus? What did Jesus say makes a person "first"?
2. Sometimes you may feel unimportant. How does Jesus show that even children have an important place in God's family?
3. What was Jesus' reaction when the disciples tried to keep the children away from Him? How does Jesus take you in His arms and bless you?
PRAY ABOUT IT:
Jesus, you welcome all into your arms, wrapping them with your nail-scarred hands and demonstrating true servanthood and love. Thank you for welcoming us into Your kingdom as your children; in your name, amen.
This week's devotion is from 120 Bible Stories, "Jesus and the Little Children" p. 208.