Jesus was engaged in a very important discussion on marriage in Mark 10. As he completed the lesson, many parents brought their little children (including "infants," Luke 18:15) to the Lord. The Record states: "Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God'" (vv. 13-14).
The parents' desire was that the Lord "touch" their children. Matthew helps us to understand this as more than merely a fleshly contact. It involved the laying on of the hands and prayer (Mt. 19:13). The disciples viewed such parental action as a rude interruption and rebuked them.
However, Jesus manifested an entirely different attitude. He was "greatly displeased," not toward the parents but his own disciples! This phrase is translated from "a strong word of deep emotion" in the Greek (Robertson, Word Pictures in the NT). Their attitudes and actions were repulsive!
Jesus goes beyond the parents' expectation. They wanted him to "touch them." Instead, "He took them in His arms, and blessed them, laid His hands on them" (v. 16). What tenderness! Children were not an annoyance to the Lord. It was not a waste of His time to pay attention to them. They were not beneath his dignity.
Children are precious people! They are worthy of our love, our attention, our protection and our prayers!