Matt.21:16 – Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus *said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘FROM THE MOUTHS OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF’?”
Apparently the children were strangely attracted to Christ. There is something about children, a beautiful humility and honesty, that is closely associated with the kingdom of God. This day, this Palm Sunday, could be called a day of separation. The religious leaders were terrified by the crowd and what the Romans might do. The Roman soldiers just wanted the people to go home and be quiet. Many of the common people, specifically the adults were hoping for a revolution, finally these horrible Romans would be thrown out. But for the children it was a different situation, the children were singing. They weren’t concerned about politics, or religious protocol, or even about putting food on the table. They were caught up in the moment and for them it was time to sing. Here is how Barclay describes this scene.
“The use that Matthew makes of the quotation from Psalm 8:2 makes it clear that he had real children in mind; and, in any event, things were happening that day in the Temple Court which had never happened before. It was not every day that the traders and the money-changers were sent packing; and it was not every day that the blind and the lame were healed. Maybe ordinarily it would have been impossible for the children to shout like this, but this was no ordinary day.
When we take this story just as it stands and listen again to the fresh, clear voices of the children shouting their praises, we are faced with one great fact. There are truths which only the simple in heart can see and which are hidden from the wise and the learned and the sophisticated. There are many times when heaven is nearer the child than it is to the cleverest among us.”
So what did Jesus mean when He said we had to be converted and become like children? I think He was talking about humility and honesty. Only the pure in heart can see God and only the humble can worship. Almost two thousand years have past since that first Palm Sunday but Jesus is still looking for His children. After all, that is the reason He came.