Why Jesus Loves Children
Sometimes on my way to and from the gym, I see children with their backpacks, school uniforms, and joyful, bright eyes heading to school. I look at these children in utter amazement and thanksgiving that despite the foolishness adults can become involved in, every year, children are born and the world is given another chance.
My church annual meeting went a little longer than normal because an issue rose from the high school youth ministry regarding the question of if the number of youth elected to church office had to be limited to designated positions for one person under the age of 30 and another person under the age of 20. The young people were eloquent and passionate in their desire to hold church office. Equally impressive were the number of adults who stood up in support of the rights of youth who are members of the church to have the same right to hold an elected office in the church as adults. The issue was resolved by allowing youth members of the church to be nominated and to run for any office in the church.
As the annual church meeting progressed, I thought about several comments Jesus made which clearly indicate his love and respect for children. It is clear to me that Jesus loves children and has harsh words for those who lead children astray.
-Matthew 19: 13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went on his way. 
-Matthew 18: 6 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes! 
Isaiah 54: 13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the prosperity of your children. 
I believe that Jesus loves children because they are not stuck in their ways. Jesus has profound respect for the faith of a child, the hope of a child and the love of a child. Children have the capacity to dream and solve old problems in a multitude of ways that older people simply have given up on or refuse to think outside of the box. I have a tough time trying to figure out why some people are mean and cruel to children. Jesus loves children and so should we.
Prayer: Lord, bless me to be a help and not a hindrance to children. Endow me with the vision to enable children to envision a future that is bright and full of possibility. Lord, I want to live my life in a way that encourages children. When I interact with children, teach me to be positive, proactive and peaceful. Bless the world with youth. Bless the youth with the ability to dream. Bless the people of the world to encourage and protect children. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 19:13–15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 18:6–7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Is 54:13). Nashville: Thomas Nelson P the youthublishers.