Damariscotta Baptist Church
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06/05/11 Sermon

Mark 10:13-16

Preached by Abigail Vaughn, June 5, 2011


Our scripture today comes from the gospel of Mark chapter 10 verses 13 thru 16


“The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: "Don't push these children away. Don't ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them”. (Message translation)

In our scripture today we see one of the rare times that Jesus gets mad. He gets mad at the disciples because they try to shoo away the kids from coming to see him.

Back in Jesus’ day, adults thought we kids weren’t very important. Since kids couldn’t work to earn money and weren’t educated or strong or rich they were always being shooed away.  But Jesus said let the children come to me. And he told them that in his kingdom, things are simple. You don’t have to be the smartest or the strongest or make the most money or be the most beautiful.

To be in Jesus’ kingdom you just have to be like a little kid.

And that’s a message we all still need to hear today--- Because adults can still forget to pay attention to we kids and they can also forget to act like kids!

Here’s a poem titled “Let the Children Come In” that talks about this:

There's something quite nice about children.
Every family should have one or two
They're such a fine race
When they're kept in their place:
Say, the playground, the park or the zoo.
In their place, a child's quite delightful,
Full of fun, a most interesting buddy.
But their yearning for action
Can cause a distraction
When they come to invade the study.
The office is no place for children.
They foul up our work with their fun.
So we make it a rule
That they must go to school
So their elders can get something done.

Some children came searching for Jesus.
His friends were distressed and inclined
To think: "Oh, how terrible
To have a fresh parable
Suddenly slip from His mind!"
So they tried to get rid of the children
Surely no major disgrace,
Protecting their Master, From certain disaster.
By keeping the children in place.
"Let the children come in!" shouted Jesus,
Then he said something frightfully odd:
"They are bearers of grace,
And their ultimate place
Is right smack in the Kingdom of God."
Well, the place of a child is the Kingdom.
That's what Jesus carefully taught.
So, the last time you did
Play some ball with your kid,
You were closer to God than you thought.     
(Author unknown)

Jesus’ message to us today is that being like a kid is very important because the way of a child is the way of the kingdom.

Jesus accepts us not by our accomplishments, our looks, our brains or how much money we make. Instead he accepts us just as we are!

In closing---on Children’s’ Sunday, we kids give thanks for our moms and dads, our grandparents and friends who bring us to church. Because when they do they are bringing us to Jesus so that we can learn about Jesus.

By being here, Jesus reminds us that he loves us and accepts us. And he also teaches us, to never forget to be a kid!


 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen