The Little Children and Jesus
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 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. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
What do you think He meant? I shall let you answer that question yourselves.
So we have these stories now because the disciples of Jesus, in other words, his chosen friends, who followed Him, passed the message to other people and those people passed it on to more people and they in turn passed it to even more people all over the world. Some of His disciples even wrote it all down so that Jesus’ words and what He did and taught would never be forgotten. That is what is contained in the Bible. One of those disciples, called Peter, was given a special task. Jesus told Peter that he was “a rock” on which Jesus wished to build his church and He gave Peter the keys to that church. Obviously, Jesus did not turn Peter into a rock. Neither did Jesus hand Peter a bunch of metal keys. He simply knew that Peter, despite his weaknesses (and he had quite a few of them, as you will discover) loved Him so much that he could be trusted to build the first Christian church. And so he did.