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Mark 10:13-15 (NIV)
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When 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. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
This passage might be familiar and most of the time we say something like: “You should have faith like a child.” But, surprisingly, Jesus does not say that! We read that into the story because we make it all about us. Jesus, however, points out that the problem is access. “Let the little children come to me; do not hinder them.” The disciples were cutting people off from accessing Jesus because they felt they were insignificant. But Jesus offers access to everyone, anytime, anywhere. Is there something that is cutting you off from Jesus? Pride, arrogance, or a sense of superiority? Or maybe others make you feel small, insignificant, and ashamed? Because of the cross, we all have access to the blessing of God’s forgiveness and love.