I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been reading through the Gospels chronologically, and studying Messiah, a modern adaptation of The Desire Of Ages, along with the Gospels. It has been so enlightening! Reading the Bible and Messiah together is like watching the behind-the-scenes of a favorite movie. I highly recommend it!
Today I was reading in Luke 18 about when the children were brought to Jesus to be blessed. It’s only three verses, but just read it…
“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.'” Luke 18:15-17 ESV
Even infants… that means not just infants. I’m picturing babies, toddlers, elementary age, maybe even high schoolers! Being brought before Jesus to be blessed.
One thing that is not mentioned in those verses, however, is who brought the children. Who were “they?”
In the Messiah book, it says:
“On this day, several mothers together brought their little ones to be blessed by Jesus. Jesus heard their request, but waited to see how the disciples would react. When they tried to send the mothers away, Jesus stopped them. ‘”Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to people who are like these children.”‘ (Mark 10:14)” Messiah, by Jerry D. Thomas, pg 284
It was the mothers of these children to made the journey to find Jesus. Mothers like you and me. If you don’t have children yet, you certainly have or had a mother, so you know the love of a mother, and what a mother is willing to do for their children.
Even on the hard days, I would still travel to the ends of the earth to bring my children to the feet of Jesus.
When I opened up Ellen White’s “Desire Of Ages” to read the same chapter, I was amazed with the beauty of her words. I wish I could share the entire chapter with you, but that would take up a lot of space. You can read it online here, and I will share just a few highlights that really spoke to my heart.
“The mothers were comforted. They returned to their homes strengthened and blessed by the words of Christ. They were encouraged to take up their burden with new cheerfulness, and to work hopefully for their children. The mothers of today are to receive His words with the same faith. Christ is as verily a personal Saviour today as when He lived a man among men. He is as verily the helper of mothers today as when He gathered the little ones to His arms in Judea. The children of our hearths are as much the purchase of His blood as were the children of long ago.
Jesus knows the burden of every mother’s heart. He who had a mother that struggled with poverty and privation sympathizes with every mother in her labors. He who made a long journey in order to relieve the anxious heart of a Canaanite woman will do as much for the mothers of today. He who gave back to the widow of Nain her only son, and who in His agony upon the cross remembered His own mother, is touched today by the mother’s sorrow. In every grief and every need He will give comfort and help.
Let mothers come to Jesus with their perplexities. They will find grace sufficient to aid them in the management of their children. The gates are open for every mother who would lay her burdens at the Saviour’s feet. He who said, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not,” still invites the mothers to lead up their little ones to be blessed by Him. Even the babe in its mother’s arms may dwell as under the shadow of the Almighty through the faith of the praying mother. John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit from his birth. If we will live in communion with God, we too may expect the divine Spirit to mold our little ones, even from their earliest moments.” The Desire Of Ages, by Ellen White, pg 512
Jesus knows the burdens of every mother’s heart!! What a comfort that is!
When my kids refuse to nap and are cranky and trying my patience, Jesus understands!
When I’m exhausted, but my kids are sick and just need mommy, Jesus understands!
When the babe in my belly makes me tired and hormonal and I just want to sleep, Jesus understands!
When there’s too much month left at the end of the paycheck, Jesus understands!
Name your burden as a mother, and Jesus knows it. And He invites us each to bring our burdens and lay them down at His feet. He will carry them, we don’t have to! Isn’t that amazing?
What burdens are you carrying on your heart? As a mother or not, Jesus invites you to lay them down at His feet.
How can we pray for you? What burdens do you need maybe a little help laying down? How can we lift you up today?