Matthew 21:14-17 ~ Children’s praise in the temple
The blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple complex, and He healed them. When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children shouting in the temple complex, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?”
“Yes,” Jesus told them. “Have you never read:
You have prepared praise
from the mouths of children and nursing infants?”
Then He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night there.
When Jesus came to Jerusalem, he came to the temple. It was His Father’s house and the place where Jesus showed His authority over His spiritual Kingdom. The temple was to be revered, a place of prayer, and a place of praise. We too should want to go to our Father’s house. It seems we’ve lost some of the specialness of such a place, but it is my hope that we will never forget and never take it for granted. And all children should have the chance to experience the extraordinary grace and love that comes from knowing Jesus. In the middle of our political and selfish chaos of who is right and who is wrong, I hope each of us will continue to do the small things every day to show Jesus’ love, especially to the children. His light will shine through.