7. Jesus said you should become like a child.

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3-4)

8. When Jesus came, children cried "Hosanna!" to the Son of David.

The chief priests and the scribes saw . . . the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" (Matthew 21:15)

9. Jesus predicted the terrible days when fathers would give their children up to death.

And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child. (Mark 13:12)

10. Jesus said that if you receive a child in his name, you receive him and the one who sent him.

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me. (Mark 9:37)

May the Lord teach us this profound truth-that loving children in the name of Christ is loving God the Son and God the Father. Indeed it is more: It is welcoming and receiving and communing with God. Nursery work "in the name of Christ" is no small wonder.

Pastor John

[Adapted from A Godward Life, Book Two, pp. 188-190]


Raising Children Who Hope in the Triumph of God

The family is a school for instruction, a boot camp for training young soldiers of Christ, a fortress for protection, a hospital for healing, and a launching pad for missionary zeal. In this series, John Piper seeks to help equip families — and churches — to raise children who hope in the triumph of God. Included on this disc are two sermons by David Michael, Associate Pastor for Parenting and Children's Discipleship at Bethlehem Baptist Church. (10 Messages - 1 Disc) Available on the Desiring God online store..

John Piper has been the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since 1980. He has authored numerous best-selling books, including The Passion of Jesus Christ, Don't Waste Your Life and Desiring God. You will find 25 years of online sermons, articles and other God-centered resources from the ministry of John Piper at www.desiringgod.org. He also has a daily radio program, called "Desiring God," which can be accessed online at www.desiringGod.org/radio.