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Spiritual Magna Carta
And they took to him little children, so that he might put his hands on them: and the disciples said sharp words to them. And when Jesus saw it, he was angry, and said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not keep them away; for of such is the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, Whoever does not put himself under the kingdom of God like a little child, will not come into it at all. And he took them in his arms, and gave them a blessing, putting his hands on them.
(Bible in Basic English)
took the children in His arms and blessed them. Jesusí touch showed the
children were worthwhile. 
The Psalmist writes "Sons are a gift of the Eternal, and children a boon
from him."  Jesus, unlike
the disciples, saw the potential in the children. 
The Messiahís touch blesses, 
gives value to those who are not valued and saves.
Children are a sign of Godís investment in humanity. 
They show the Lord has not washed His hands with humanity. He is allowing
another generation of people come into the world. More importantly, He
is touching another generation, blessing them, saving them, just as He
touches, blesses and saves you.
The disciples may have been trying to protect Christ. Perhaps, they did
not want Jesusí time being wasted. Their actions made it difficult to
have access to the Messiah. 
Clearly the disciples were had no right to decide who had access to Jesus.
 Notice Jesusí reaction.
He was angry! That is a lesson for us. 
We should not stand in the way of people coming to the Messiah.
This passage made an impact on me. I wonder how many times I have discouraged
people from bringing their loved ones to the Lord, of the times when I
discouraged those who just wanted to experience the Masterís touch. But
they were not important, not good enough to me.
My mind also turned to the many people who churches discourage from coming
to Jesus for a blessing, for a healing touch. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgendered believers are discouraged from coming to the Christ. Churches
placed restrictions and demands on gay and bisexual believers that they
would not place on anybody else. Queer Christians are sensitive to that,
to receiving the right foot of fellowship for wanting to see Jesus. That
said, we need to be careful to ensure we do not treat others as we have
been treated. We need to be especially careful we do not move from being
the spiritually bullied, denied and abused to being the spiritual bullies,
deniers and abusers.
In churches, those people who are not welcome tend to be poor, impoverished,
unemployed, handicapped, under-educated, have the wrong ethic or racial
heritage or political affiliation. When churches make people feel unwelcome
churches effectively stop people from receiving Godís blessing, people
who desperately need that blessing.
Feel powerless, unwanted? This passage is for you. You see, one person
referred to this passage as the childrenís Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights
for children.  This could
be viewed as a Spiritual Magna Carta, a Spiritual Bill of Rights giving
children value and access to the Messiah. This passage is more than just
a Spiritual Magna Carta for children, the children in this passage are
symbolic of all those who are powerless, of those who are often excluded
from access to the Savior, by those of us who serve the Lord. This verse
is the Spiritual Bill of Rights for all who have been prevented from having
full access to God, including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered
Christians. This is Godís way of saying, "In Christ you have important
connections. You have influence."
Verse 15 tells us: "Truly I say to you, whoever does not put himself
under the kingdom of God like a little child, will not come into it at
few qualities of children include:
and enthusiasm. When my nephew was little, he did nothing half way.
Grandma was in the basement. He ran downstairs, as she was coming upstairs
and threw himself into her arms. Fortunately, Grandma was able to catch
the human cannon ball. I can feature an enthusiastic tike throwing himself
into Jesusí arms, knowing He is safe in the arms of the Lord.
Children depend on people. They are not able to handle all of the challenges
of life without assistance. We give up our own wisdom and our self-sufficiency
 and we become totally
dependent on God  to
give us salvation. In the area of salvation, we are as helpless as a new
born. "We can no more earn the kingdom than a child can earn his Livelihood."
 As a child rests its
head on the Saviorís arms, we can rest our souls on the Savior. [ 13]
Short memories. Children do not hold grudges and bitterness like
adults.  Oh, to have
the ability to forget, as children forget!
Trusting. Children tend to have confidence in people, even strangers.
A child can make friends with a perfect stranger. A young child will even
think dad knows everything. 
We can have complete confidence in the Ruler of the universe, even with
our salvation, because He really does know everything!
The qualities of a child are ideal for the kingdom, not because children
are innocent, but because children are dependent, receptive 
and free from worry. [ 17]
Verse 16: "And he took them in his arms, and gave them a blessing,
putting his hands on them".
The Greek word that is translated bless is related to the word eulogy.
To bless is to speak well of somebody. 
When the Jesus blesses you, He speaks well of you. And that is what He
does every day. He speaks well of Believers to God. We call that interceding.
And Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father saying good things
about you, interceding for you. 
Believe me, one thing you want is to have a good eulogy. You do not want
just a friend or family member getting saying good things about you at
your funeral. What you really want is the Messiah, the Son of God standing
up and saying wonderful things about you. You want Jesusí blessing.
And today, as in the story, Jesus has opened the door. He has opened the
door to you, by giving you a Bill of Rights. The religious handling people
have been put in their place. Jesusí hands are open, welcoming you, ready
to bless you. He is waiting to say good things about you, to the Father,
now and forever. All you need to do is to be like a brave child and step
up for a blessing.
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