Jesus at the Kid’s table
During this holiday season, I’m sure you will be familiar with setting up a tiny little plastic table, paper cups and forks for the little ones at your gathering.
This is the place that has messes, spills, and is a wonderful location for all sorts of funny kid conversations - so that the adults can be talking about politics, the news, and all sorts of other adulty things at the big person table.
During the time of Jesus, many of his disciples thought that He would be too busy to hang out with children - they thought He would be more concerned with daily politics, being the next ruler, and other “important” matters of state.
But they were wrong:
Luke 9:46 looks back to what had occurred earlier that day stating, “An argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest.”
But in a surprising turn of events, “He (a man from the crowd) brought a little child to Jesus' side. Then Jesusop9 i said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.””
Luke 9:47-48 NLT
His disciples were shocked, how could such a great man of God want to hang out with children, and be okay with interrupting His day?
Imagine Jesus is invited to your holiday dinner- you give Him the place of honor- The head seat.
Some time after talking about “adult stuff” you turn to look and Jesus is gone.
Jesus is at the kid's table- making silly faces, drawing on the napkins, making funny noises, and just giving high-fives to everyone.
This Christmas, let’s remember the wonder, the childlike, faith, and love that our savior brings into the world.
Let’s invite people into the simplicity of the gospel, pursuing peace, and returning to the roots of the season.