Luke 9: 48 …Whoever welcomes this child in my name, welcomes me.

 In Jesus time, children were seen as property. Owned by their parents and they could be disposed of by their parents without any legal recourse. Here Jesus uplifts children and says they are as valuable as any adult. Statistics tell us that 88% of those who believe in Jesus Christ came to faith between the ages of 1 to 19. I have never met a child, who once having heard about Jesus, doesn’t love Jesus. The brilliant theologian Karl Barth was asked, in the last interview he gave before his death, what one message would you want to share with the world. Barth replied, “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” It is a great hymn and a great testament of faith. Bring up your children in the faith and as the writer of proverbs said, “If you bring a child up in faith when he is an adult he will seldom depart from it.” The greatest inheritance you can give your children is faith in Jesus Christ.   Amen