Personal encounters en route
Begin with prayer, opening your heart to His Word and Spirit.
Read Mark 10:13-16
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 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. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
As we travel on, we will see various people seeking Jesus: parents & children, a sinful woman, a Samaritan, a wealthy man, a tax collector and a blind man. Most of these individuals had acknowledged their need of him and believed Jesus could do the impossible, despite what others around them thought. We start this week with people bringing children to Jesus. Culturally, children were not thought to be important, so when they were brought to him, the disciples scolded the people. Jesus not only received them, he blessed them, conferring on them a status not seen before. As we travel through this week, we will read about different people and their encounters with Jesus. See how his responses differ from the others around them.
Father, just like children, help us to recognize our dependency on you. Help us to put aside everything we think makes us worthy and joyfully receive what your Son Jesus has done for us. Amen.