We entered the store and it only took a minute for the children to see their father, who is six-foot three inches tall, standing only about ten feet away. Immediately they were running to his arms. That they were thrilled to see their father was evident as little arms wrapped around his legs and waist. He quickly scooped up first one, then the other for a round of hugs and kisses. He was clearly as happy to see them as they were with him.
The sight reminded me of the verse in Scripture, "But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God," (Luke 18:16).
What joy those little children must have had running into the arms of the Lord Jesus. Children often seem to know who the good guys are, don't they? They love to be loved by those who have a good heart. How special it must have been to see the Lord Jesus holding those precious young children, especially knowing that having earthly children was something He had given up in order to have a family of Heavenly children.
When the Lord Jesus says, "suffer little children to come unto Me," I'm sure He wasn't just speaking of those children in that very day. He was speaking of all that He knew in His infinite foreknowledge would become His children. He wants us to have a freedom and joy to run to Him, just as Jackson and Emma had in running to their Daddy and flinging themselves into his arms. Let us trust our Lord that His arms are ever open wide to receive His children into them, to lift us up to Himself and to carry, not only our burdens, but our very selves.
"He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd:
He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young."