People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:15–17, NRSV)
What is the connection between receiving children and entering the kingdom?
Joel Green interprets v. 17 to say that “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as one receives a little child will never enter it.” That reading transforms the way I have always thought of this teaching. It isn’t about the childlike way the kingdom is received; it’s about how we receive the lowest echelons of society.
The children are not active. They are passively received.
Church, we have some work to do.
Many evangelicals have made salvation such an individual thing that they have stopped baptizing children. Jesus would most likely rebuke us for that as he rebuked his disciples.