“But when the chief priests and 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 21:15-16)
What happened on Monday of Holy Week? Some children were in the temple area and I can picture them finding some leftover palm branches and waving them and shouting to Jesus, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” They were just continuing what they had seen the crowds do the day before.
The religious leaders were ticked. “Bad enough that Jesus lets their parents get away with this blasphemy, but the children too?!!
But the voices of these little children were precious to Jesus. God loves and adores the praises of little ones.
How do little ones know how to praise and adore the Lord? They learn from… you. They learn from their parents, they learn from adults. What do children learn from you and me? Do they learn how to praise and honor God in good times and in bad? Or, do they learn how to complain, get angry, and how not to praise God? Jesus had choice words for those who lead little ones into sin- it would be better to have a millstone tied around their neck and be thrown into the sea.
No, we’re not perfect. Our children aren’t perfect either. That’s why they also need to learn from you and me how to confess our sins, leave them with Jesus, and trust in His full and free forgiveness. Then they can also learn from us how to turn from sin and live life to praise and honor our Savior!
Singing hosanna to Jesus, the Son of David, just like you,