Vacation Bible School

6/6/2013 VBS

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Mt 19:13 ¶ Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
Mt 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 19:15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence

 The word ‘suffer’ in the KJV means to let, allow, permit, or even, ‘send them to Me.’  Yes, there are many suffering children, but not many who are ‘suffering the children’ to come to Jesus.  As we have VBS this week, we are striving to suffer the children, as we do all year long.  In light of VBS, and life in general, we must bless the children. They are the hope of the world.

How do we bless them?

 1. LOVE THEM

Titus 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

 The disciples apparently thought that Jesus didn’t have time for children, but they were wrong.   One writer said it like this, “The disciples thought that Jesus needed protection from bothersome children. But what Jesus points out is that the children needed protection from bumbling adults.” Jesus paid attention to children and so must we.

 2. PRAY FOR THEM

 Mark 10:16 “And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.”

 We should pray for them all the time.  No generation has needed prayer more than this one.  We should pray that God will bless them and direct them in life. Our children need this blessing!

 3. MODEL FOR THEM

 1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

The apostle Paul was giving some good advice to the young preacher Timothy. He said, “Be a good example to your people in these areas of life.”   We criticize actors, politicians, and those in the public eye for being bad examples, but what kind of example are we setting in our own homes?   You can never be too faithful to Christ and His church; and it is impossible to be too faithful in Bible reading, prayer and Christian service.  Consider the following poem by an unknown author:

 

SOME WOULD GATHER MONEY

 

 Some would gather money

Along the path of life

Some would gather roses

And rest from worldly strife.

 

But I would gather children

From among the thorns of sin;

I would seek a golden curl

And a freckled, toothless grin.

 

For money cannot enter

In that land of endless day,

And the roses that are gathered

Soon will wilt along the way.

 

But oh, the laughing children,

As I cross the Sunset Sea

And the gates swing wide to heaven

I can take them in with me.

 

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