… Scriptural y speaking.
Frank thinks I might be crazy, but I will ask this again anyway. Does Jesus receive little children with the bare faith displayed in a confession of “I love Jesus?”
When Jesus said that the disciples should not prevent the children from coming to Him did he mean “come to me” one way here in Matthew (Mark and Luke) and in a different way “comes to me” in John 6:37?
Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
The JFB commentary says this about the parallel account in Luke 18:
Now, is it to be conceived that all our Lord meant by this was to teach a lesson, not about children at all, but about grown people; namely, that they must become childlike if they would be capable of the kingdom of God, and for this reason they should not hinder infants from coming to Him, and therefore He took up and blessed the infants themselves?
(Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)
Would the children and parents present at this blessing of the infants come away and thinking that their infants were not part of the kingdom?