“At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to infants.” (Matthew 11:25)
What does this passage exactly mean? What is Jesus truly trying to tell us? This is a really bold and somewhat controversial passage. Jesus is thanking His father for hiding His truth from the intellectuals and the wise and instead revealing them to infants. There is another passage where Jesus again harps on this concept.
“Some people were even bringing infants to Him so He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:15-17).
The disciples who were with Jesus were trying to stop Jesus from healing these children. Jesus rebuked them though saying that those who are like little children will inherit the kingdom of God. He assures them that whoever does not welcome the kingdom like a little child will never enter it.
So what does it mean to become like a little child? Does it mean to go back in time and unlearn everything we have learned? In a way, yes. Jesus came down as a little child, the perfect picture of humility and sincerity. In a way when approaching God we have to throw away all our pre-conceived notions of Him and hold out our hands like a child believing that God is there. We can try all day to prove God but to the people God hasn’t opened their eyes it is complete foolishness. It doesn’t make any sense that the God of the Universe came down to live here among us and then die on the cross. To followers of Christ, Jesus coming down as a baby in all of His sincerity and then dying on the cross to redeem us from our sins makes perfect sense because our eyes have been opened.
I challenge you today to come to God with hands open believing that He is there. Believing with child like faith that He loves you and has a plan and a purpose for your life. Take away all the pre-conceived notions and thoughts you have of God and just come humbly to the Father asking God who He really is and what He really has in store for you. He will show you and He probably will be different than what you imagined. Once I came as a child I understood and I believed and trusted in Him.
Have a blessed day,