Matthew 19:14 Meaning of Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me

Matthew 19:14
“Jesus said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Explanation and Commentary on Matthew 19:14

These days, it is easy for even Christians to judge and condemn people that want to come to Jesus. Jesus used the children as an illustration for the people he was speaking to. The children are not fully grown, they are very limited. They are weak and need more food to get stronger. They need to be cared for and be nurtured.

This is the same in the Christian life. There are children – those we consider as weak, not spiritually grown and fall frequently. Whenever they come to Jesus to get stronger, Jesus said we should not hinder them because they are qualified to get the kingdom of God.

Apostle Paul described the lives of children and what we are capable of doing as a child in the following verse.

1 Corinthians 13:11
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”

In this same way, those who are just coming up in Christianity are considered as a child and they shouldn’t be stopped from doing the work of God. These children need nurture and care. They needed to be taught, to be provided for, and to be protected.

There are things we need to learn from the scriptures about the children. We should be humble and look deep at what they do. The Bible gives us strong advice in the following verse.

Matthew 18:3
“And He said: Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Here, we can see that it has gone beyond telling people to stop hindering the children from telling people to be like them. Be open to teaching, be willing to be taught, be humble – that is how you can gain the kingdom of God.

Sermon on Matthew 19:14

Biblical Translations of Matthew 19:14

NIV
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

NLT
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

ESV
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

KJV
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

NKJV
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

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