The Child In The Midst
This picture of Jesus with the little one in his arms is very beautiful. In all the Bible there is scarcely another which so well represents the attitude both of the soul and of the Savior in salvation and in all Christian life. Jesus takes the child in his arms: there is love, tenderness, protection. The bosom is the place of warmth, of affection, of intimacy, of confidence. The encircling arms imply safety, support, shelter. He lifted up the child and held it in his arms; so he carries his people through this world: he does not merely tell them how to go, but he takes them on his shoulders, carrying not their burdens only, but themselves. Thus he bears them on through life and through death.
Then look at the picture the other way — the child in the Savior’s arms. Its attitude speaks of trust, confidence, repose, peace, love, joy just the feelings which belong to the true Christian. What a place the bosom of Christ is in danger, in storm, in sorrow, in death! Shall we not learn just to nestle in our Savior’s arms in all our experiences?