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Why does Jesus love all the children?

Luke 10:23-37

Pastor David Ernst

13th Sunday after Trinity
Epiphany Lutheran Mission of La Caramuca  
Barinas, Venezuela

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Sun, Aug 29, 2010 

Christ loves the little children, no matter their color

White, black or brown, from China or from Japan,

All the children are loved by Christ the Savior.

What a beautiful song!

Of course, the Bible says Christ loves the little children. In Matthew 19:14, He says, "Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

The Lord also has commanded us to show kindness toward foreigners. Deuteronomy 27:19 say, "

También el Señor nos ha mandado hospedaje a los extranjeros. Deuteronomio 27.19 dice ""Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow." Also, Matthew 25:34-36 says , "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."

And there's more. Simon Peter said in Acts 10:34-35, "Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him." That is to say, the grace of God is for all nations as the Lord says in Matthew 28:19, "Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

In holy baptism we are one body, the Body of Christ. And we understand "all nations" to include all human beings: children, youth and the elderly should be baptized. In the glory that is to come, the saints in front of the throne of Christ will include all nations, tribes and languages (Revelation 7:9).

So we should sing, "Christ loves all the little children, no matter their color." Sadly, to small children color does not matter, but in the conflicts of this sinful world, it does. Apart from the light of Christ, we find the reality of nation against nation, people against people, race against race. However, amid the war and hatred, we remember that God does not judge in the manner of sinful men.

That is one point of the parable of the Good Samaritan. For the Jews who were listening to Jesus, the Samaritans were outcasts, because they were descendants of Jews who had married pagans. They were not of the pure blood of Abraham and had their own religion, a mixture of parts of the Old Testament and other traditions. Furthermore, the ancestors of the Samaritans had attacked the Jews who had returned to the Promised Land from captivity in Persia. The Jews and Samaritans had reasons for their enmity.

However, for the Samaritan in the parable, the first priority was helping another human being in need. This is the true righteousness that God wants to see in us, regardless of our origin or past life. The religiosity of the priest and the Levit was false, because he who does not show love to his neighbor does not love God.

And there is still more. Another point to the parable is when we still were enemies of God, lost in sin, Christ rescued us. He did not pay for our remedy with gold or silver, but with His own blood on the cross. For us, this is another motive to show mercy to others as Christ has shown mercy toward us.

God does not desire anyone's destruction, neither Samaritans nor Jews, nor Arabs in the Middle East. All are children of God, in the first place because of the God's creation of Adam and Eve, and in the second place, because of the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. Color does not matter, nor age, nor socio-economic status, all of you are precious in God's sight and the promise of eternal life is yours. Amen.

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