13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
There was power and the presence of God emanating from Jesus. His teaching had a special quality that was not of this world. There was both a fire and a kindness in His eyes that made it hard to turn away. Those with children were confident that Jesus’ blessing on their children would be a life changer. The disciples still struggled to break free from earthly paradigms and would have turned the children away, but Jesus demonstrated the love of His Heavenly Father. Jesus saw in children the tenderness of heart and willingness to believe that was lost on adults who had become hardened and cynical.
Jesus does not want His followers to be immature or naive; quite the opposite. The characteristics of little ones that Jesus seeks in His followers are childlike faith and love. If you have become hardened by life or sin or disappointments – you must allow your heart to be broken, so that you may be touched by Jesus and experience new life .