Jesus knows the value of a family–friendly environment.
When children desired multiple hugs from the Savior, He simply said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” (Matt. 19:14). He wanted His ministry to attract and touch each one of them.
During another legendary gathering, a multitude of people listened to Jesus preach. As time went on, they got hungry. Noticing their need, He turned to a boy in the crowd and asked for his lunch. The boy and everyone else were amazed to see Jesus somehow duplicate just five loaves of bread and two fish into enough food to feed 5,000 men and their families. That day, they all enjoyed an ample meal for the body as well as for the soul (Matt. 14:17–21).
To Jesus, all of these people were potential members of His family—the family of God.
In our next issue, we’ll take a look at some God–honoring, family–friendly vacation spots. As you relish your days of relaxation while listening to the Lord’s word, you’ll also rest assured that your children are safe, fed, and having a good time.
We’ll take you to the massive Sight & Sound Theaters in Lancaster, Pa., and in Branson, Mo.; to the new and fascinating Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.; and to the full–sized replica of Noah’s Ark at the Ark Encounter in Grant County, Ky. We’ll show you places where your children can experience exciting fun, learn about biblical history, and deepen their love for Jesus, for each other, and for the entire family of God.
See you then!
— Warren L. Maye, Editor in Chief