Matt. 21:15,16 – But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’? “
Pride is a huge problem for all of us. It seems like much of what the Lord does in our lives is to deal with arrogance so that we can be vessels that He can actually work through. The tendency that all of us have is to take credit when the Lord uses us in any way. Childlike humility is the sure evidence of a deep work of Christ in someone’s life. Jesus often pointed to children to portray something He wanted to see in His followers. He told them unless they were converted and became like children they would never see the kingdom of God. At the triumphal entry the worshipping children were a prophetic type of the children of God worshipping at the coming of the Messiah. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on this passage.
“How often will children tell us of a God whom we have forgotten! How doth their simple prattle refute those learned fools who deny the being of God! Many men have been made to hold their tongues, while sucklings have borne witness to the glory of the God of heaven. It is singular how clearly the history of the church expounds this verse. Did not the children cry “Hosannah!” in the temple, when proud Pharisees were silent and contemptuous? and did not the Savior quote these very words as a justification of their infantile cries?….He who delights in the songs of angels is pleased to honor himself in the eyes of his enemies by the praises of little children.”
So how do we deal with pride and hardness of heart that keeps us from the purity of worshipping the Lord like a little child? That quality, childlikeness, is the work of the Spirit in our hearts. The influence of the Spirit allows us to see Christ more clearly. Seeing Him deals a death blow to the pride that blocks us from worship. Seeing His greatness humbles us, how can we be great in our own eyes when we are slain by His magnificence? So take a look at Christ, entering Jerusalem on a donkey and then returning a second time in His glory. One look and you will be singing and dancing with the children.