Hebrews 2: “Jesus LOVES the Little Children”

Written by a Baptist minister, C.H. Woolston lived with his wife Agnes in East Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1880; and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1900. Jesus Loves the Little Children is one of the most recognized children’s songs around the world. Although by current standards to be a little non-P.C. (politically correct), it still conveys a timeless truth for us today.

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, and yellow, black & white
they’re precious in his sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

We Are ALL God’s Children

Now when we hear this, or read this, we tend to think that it’s only referring to the actual “age” of a child. News flash… we are all God’s children! Consider this: Being a child of God isn’t predicated on your love or devotion to God. Your status towards God is irrelevant, because at the end of the day, you’re still his child. In fact, this reality wasn’t any more clear for me then when I was reading out of Hebrews 2.

Hebrews 2:14 (NLT) 14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood.

What an incredible reality to consider today! It almost seems like this is a type of “no brainer” comment by the author of Hebrews… Well, it would only make sense that God would send his son in the form of a human being, I mean, considering his children are human beings and all…

But Hebrews 2 doesn’t stop there. In fact, we learn even more about our “childlikeness” when we read (v. 5) thru (v. 8)

Hebrews 2:5-8 (NLT)  And furthermore, it is not angels who will control the future world we are talking about. For in one place the Scriptures say,

“What are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    or a son of man that you should care for him?
Yet for a little while you made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them authority over all things.”

This reference is actually from Psalm 8, so lets go there and take a look at what the whole chapter reads:

Psalm 8 (NLT) 

But even after reading this there is an important reality that the write of Hebrews is pointing too. Just look at the way he casually mentions in (v. 6) that “For in one place the Scripture say.” This isn’t a lazy approach on the part of the author, it’s just the author doesn’t care as much as where it came from or who wrote it, but instead is more concerned about who it’s about… God. Ultimately, that the point the author is trying to make… creation, salvation, christlikeness, childlikeness, is only possible by God through Jesus.

Hebrews 2:9-10 (NLT)  What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. 10 God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation.

And the ultimate point for us today is made write here in Hebrews 2:11 (NLT) 11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.

So today, go and be a child of God… because you are precious in his sight!