Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Luke 18:15-17 (ESV)
Many children are visiting Santa this month. As they draw close to him, he often says, “Come.” Santa’s invitation helps remove the fear of approaching this odd character with a long white beard, dressed all in red. Haven’t we all seen the photos of children crying while seated in Santa’s lap?
As adults we do not need a Santa. We have someone better than Santa. We don’t stand in line to visit Him. He knows our name. He knows our needs. He knows our desires, even when they have never been voiced or written. And every day we receive His invitation to “come.”
“Come” is God’s invitation, given in His Son, Jesus. Jesus’ birth was God’s invitation to “come.” Jesus’ life was God’s invitation, “Come.” Jesus’ death was God’s invitation, “Come.” Jesus’ resurrection was God’s invitation, “Come.” Throughout our lives, God is extending His invitation, “Come.”
No matter how lost we may be, how hopeless our lives may appear, how heartbroken we feel, how discouraging our days, God’s invitation, “Come,” is extended. He is our lighthouse, showing the way from lostness, from hopelessness, from heartache, from discouragement.
Across the years, across the waves, God calls us. “Come.”