RejoiceOn Tuesday of what is commonly called “Holy Week” or “Passion Week” we find Jesus in the temple area. Mark 11:11 tells us that on Monday Jesus observed the activity at the temple, returned to Bethany to spend the night and came back to the temple the next day. The stories of Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:12-19; Luke 19:45-48 record Jesus driving money changers out of the temple, healing the lame at the temple, and responding to critics of children who were praising him.

The children were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” The scribes and chief priests were upset about this and challenged Jesus about it. He responded by quoting Psalm 8:2.

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,

” ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?” – Matthew 21:14-16 NIV

Learn from the children.

Here are 12 things we can learn as we watch children this Easter. They are some of the natural qualities of young children that Wynn McGregor mentions in The Way of the Child.

  1. openness
  2. trust
  3. energy
  4. wonder
  5. enthusiasm
  6. awe
  7. laughter
  8. creativity
  9. receptivity
  10. curiosity
  11. joy
  12. truthfulness

Listen to the children this Easter. We might get a little better at being Christ followers if we follow their example.

Grace and Peace,

Join the Conversation: Of the 12 qualities of young children listed by Wynn McGregor, which one challenges you the most? What keeps you from displaying these qualities?

Related Posts from 7 Days Leading Up To Easter

    1. Sunday – What Kind Of Entry Was It?
    2. Monday – 12 Things Children Can Teach Us This Easter
    3. Tuesday – Seeing The Unnoticed
    4. Wednesday – The Calm Before The Storm
    5. Thursday – How Washing The Disciple’s Feet Pictures The Incarnation
    6. Friday – It’s Friday But . . .
    7. Saturday – Between The Cross And The Empty Tomb

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