Matthew 21:16 – “…Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have perfected praise”
Every time I see my 2-year-old trying to praise God, I feel overjoyed. He always sees that everyone in his family has their Bible in hand when seated for prayer, or else he would remind us. His way of worshipping God is by clapping his hands as hard as he can.
The religious leaders were wrong about Jesus that first Palm Sunday. They knew a lot of theology, yet they were wrong about Jesus. Their spiritual eyes were blinded. The children were right about Jesus on Palm Sunday. They were the ones who shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David!”, as Jesus entered Jerusalem. They believed that the Person riding on the colt was the Promised Messiah, and their King, according to the prophecy of Zechariah (Zech. 9:9). On that first Palm Sunday, it was the children who responded with whole hearted joy, even though they may not have understood Jesus’ mission to redeem humanity from their sins.
Children can teach us a lot about faith. In their openness and innocence, they are fully able to trust in God. Children can teach us to trust in God to have faith as a mustard seed (Matt. 17:20). As adults, we think we know so much. We try to be so mature, so correct, so religious. We try to be pretentious, but children are not like that. They are quick to believe and trust in God than adults. Are you trusting in God like a child and submitting everything to Him? Is our dependency on Him alone?