Mark 9:36-37 “36 Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37 ‘Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me.’”
I just love this passage. It starts out in verse 33 with Jesus questioning the disciples about their discussion on the road. Being a little embarrassed they didn’t admit that they were discussing who would be greatest, but Jesus knew anyway. So, as He did so many times, He uses a child as an illustration.
Now get the picture. There had to be children in the home, so He pulls one up in His arms and says, “Whoever receives one child like this…” He didn’t say “children.” He said “one child.” Do you get that? Just one child can make the difference.
He goes on to say if you receive the child in His name and receive Him you receive His Father. So basically He is saying if you want to know God, then receive Him. When you receive Him, you will want to receive a child in His name. Have I lost you yet? I hope not because children were precious to Jesus when He walked this earth. They are precious to Him now.
Take note also that, as far as we know, this child He was holding wasn’t the child of any of His disciples who were arguing about their greatness. The child wasn’t important because of his or her parents. The child was important because of our Heavenly Father. That’s why we receive each child – because the Father does.
Moms and Dads, I know you “receive” your children. Will you reach out to just one more? That will please Jesus and thereby also please the Father.