Proximity

Proximity makes all the difference. Created for fellowship, separated from our Creator, and then reconciled to Him by the blood, it is by fellowship and nearness to Him we are rescued from perishing.

  Aug 2, 2017   admin


(NIV) 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:13-14

(NIV) 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.Hebrews 10:39

Proximity makes all the difference. Created for fellowship, separated from our Creator, and then reconciled to Him by the blood, it is by fellowship and nearness to Him we are rescued from perishing. 

What was it about the children that Jesus was referring to - that the kingdom belongs to such as them? There are many things that may be drawn out about how innocent and responsive they are. The only thing that is stated in this passage, however, is simply that they came to Him. With confidence because of their clear consciences, they boldy came to Him to have Him touch them. Jesus’ kingdom, then, might be made up of those who come boldly to Him to be touched. 

This coming to Him and not drawing away is a faith action that results in salvation. Rather than all the requirements of the law that were never quite enough, simple chosen proximity is so effective at accomplishing what all the other efforts could not - salvation in His presence. It is not enough to just be a child. There were probably many that did not come to Him. He was talking about the ones, though, that drew near to Him to receive in a touch what they had heard, believed, and acted upon.