People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “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.”
- Luke 18:15-17
“The great Swiss theologian, Dr. Karl Barth, was probably in his generation the greatest theologian in the world, and a great philosopher as well. I did not always agree with him, but he was my friend and I respected him. While he was in this country, a student at one of the seminaries said, ‘Dr. Barth, what is the greatest truth that ever crossed your mind?’ All the seminary students were sitting on the edge of their seats to hear some great, profound, deep, complicated answer. Dr. Barth slowly raised his great shaggy gray head and looked at the student and said, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’”
- Billy Graham, Day by Day with Billy Graham (devotion for 3 January)
Have you ever wondered why Ray Stevens started his hit, Everything is Beautiful, with a song that we all learned in Sunday school when we were knee high? Maybe, he gets it. With the eyes of a child, we can know God’s great Truth. We get older and we make it complicated.
The seminary students wanted to know a great secret, but they had heard it when they were toddlers.
Do we sing either of these classics to our children these days? Maybe we are not passing along the wisdom of the ages.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.