It is perhaps the most familiar scene in the gospels; the scene when Jesus took the little children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Through his prayer and blessing His heart of love and compassion goes out to the little ones. Every child with equal importance and attention. To those present, this certainly would have been quite an impressive, comforting and memorable scene where we encounter the Son of God, the Highest Prophet, and Our Great High Priest as warm, inviting and accommodating.
He not only takes them into his arms with a full embrace, he prays for them, blesses them and imparts Grace to them. He doesn’t refuse them from his company and he doesn’t exclude them from his grace. And his touch was oh so tender. The calloused hands of the carpenter’s son were not soft and smooth but strong and His manner was so gentle and affectionate. He is a lamb-like lion.
Jesus was the kind of god-man whose tender and kind disposition attracted little children. In crowds, Jesus regularly took notice of the children. When he wanted a child for an illustration it seemed that there was always one present and willing to cooperate. There were even perhaps thousands of children present at his miraculous feeding events. Jesus loved the little children and they felt perfectly at ease with him. This should encourage little people to follow after Him but also encourage big people who are aware of their own weakness, helplessness and childishness.
Is. 40:11- He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.