Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:
Luke 18:15-16 (NLT)
15 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him.16 Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.
Recently I came across a true story that happened during the Holocaust of the Second World War. Solomon Rosenberg, his wife and their 2 sons were arrested, together with Rosenburg’s mother and father for the crime of being Jews. They were placed in a Nazi concentration camp. It was a labour camp, and the rules were simple. “As long as you can do your work, you are permitted to live. When you become too weak to do your work, then you will be exterminated.” Rosenberg watched as his mother and father were marched off to their deaths. He knew that the next would be his youngest son, David – because David had always been a frail child. Every evening, Rosenberg came back into the barracks after each day of hard labour and searched for the faces of his family. When he found them they would huddle together, embrace one another and thank God for another day of life. One day Rosenberg came back and didn’t see those familiar faces. He finally discovered his oldest son, Joshua, in a corner, huddled, weeping and praying. He said, “Josh, tell me it’s not true.” Joshua turned and said, “It is true, Dad. Today David was not strong enough to do his work. So they came for him.” “But where is your mother?” asked Mr. Rosenberg. “Oh Dad,” he said, “When they came for David, he was afraid and he cried. So Mum said, ‘There is nothing to be afraid of, David,’ and she took his hand and went with him.” That illustrates a mother’s love– a love so strong that it chooses to give up life so her child can be comforted. However, it also demonstrates for us the love that God has for children. God the Father was willing to send his Son to die for these little ones so that they could be saved. In this next week we need to remember telling the little ones about Jesus and his love is our only goal! It doesn’t matter if everything goes perfectly as long as these children hear about and receive the love of Jesus.