Jesus and the Children by Minerva Teichert

Jesus and the Children

“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:1-4).

When the disciples questioned Jesus as to who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, He summoned a small boy as an example. He answered “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).  King Benjamin, in one of his sermons, echoed this counsel: “Becometh as a child, submission, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict…even as a child doth submit to his father” (Mosiah 3:19).

Children are innately innocent and without guile – trusting and teachable.  Elder Russell M. Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said “When we truly behold our little ones, we behold the glory, wonder, and majesty of God, our Eternal Father…All babies have faith in their eyes and purity in their hearts.  They are receptive to the truth because they have no preconceived notions; everything is real to children…Their souls are endowed naturally with divine potential that is infinite and eternal.” (footnote: Ballard, Russell M., “Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children,” General Conference, April 1994.)

Additional reading: “Become as a Little Child

More information on the artist: “Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert: With a Bold Brush