Jesus Loves the Little Children: Christian kids song

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One of the most powerful images in Scripture is Jesus with children – spending time with them, caring for them, and prioritizing them. Several modern songs share about Jesus’ love for children, including the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children” that many Christians who came to faith at a young age will remember from their childhood. Jesus loved children – they held a special place in His heart.

Don’t remember the lyrics for this song? Take a look at the lyrics and the chord for this song below:

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Jesus loves the little children
D
All the children of the world
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Red and yellow, black and white
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They are precious in His sight
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Jesus loves the little children of the world

Lyrics by: Clare Herbert Woolston
Tune by: George Frederick Root

There are now versions of the song that are longer as well, so you can incorporate them into any worship setting at your church or in your home. For example, here is a version by Cedarmount Kids:

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

Jesus died for all the children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus died for all the children of the world.

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

Red, brown, yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

While most songs about Jesus and children from our childhood are songs worth remembering, “Jesus Loves the Little Children” is a timeless song that many people teach their own children or enjoy teaching kids at church.

The song “Jesus Loves the Little Children” actually originated as a civil war ballad! How crazy is that! It went like this:

Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! The boys are marching
Cheer up, comrades, they will come
All beneath the starry flag
We shall breathe the air again
Of the free land in our own beloved home

 “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!” is a song that was written by George Frederick Root. Written during the Civil War (USA) from 1861-1865, George wanted to write the song to raise the morale of the war prisoners. Years later, Clare Herbert Woolston, a lyricist/writer/preacher, wrote the lyrics of “Jesus Loves the Little Children” to the tune of “Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!”

“Jesus Loves the Little Children” was likely to have been inspired by this Bible verse:

Matthew 19:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”



The context here is that people brought children to Jesus, hoping that He would pray and bless their children. After arriving, they were rebuked by the disciples. Sadly, the disciples thought Jesus would not have time for them. They decided that they should send the children away from Jesus. But Jesus became frustrated with His disciples and told them to bring the children to Him. Jesus even used the children as an example to explain that it only takes a simple faith, a child’s faith, to enter into the kingdom of God.

This story in Matthew 19:14 and the song, “Jesus Loves the Little Children” both have several lessons that we can learn from them:

  1. Jesus Cares About Kids: Jesus has a significant care and concern for children. They matter to Jesus!
  2. A Child’s Faith: It only takes a simple faith in order to enter into the kingdom of heaven. You don’t have to work your way into heaven. Just a simple faith, a child’s faith, allows you to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and follow Him.
  3. Love Children: As Christians, we should love children. It says in Psalm 127:3 that they are a blessing from the Lord. We are also called to raise children in the ways of the Lord, in our everyday lives (Deuteronomy 4:4-9, Ephesians 6:4).
  4. Guide Children to Jesus: Everyone needs to hear about Jesus, including children! Many people begin following Christ during their childhood before their teenage years.

If you’re interested in learning more or would like to learn how to use this song in your home or in your church, then take a look at the resource by Let the Little Children Come on Jesus Loves the Little Children.

Included there are:

  • Videos of the song
  • Song lyrics and chords
  • A sign language video for this song
  • A split track of the song
  • A history for the song
  • Several medley recordings of this song, along with songs like “Jesus Loves Me,” “Jesus Loves Even Me,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”
  • …and more!

Visit Let The Little Children Come for more ministry resources on sharing the Gospel with kids.

Alvin Gan

Alvin Gan is the father of three noisy (but lovely) teenagers and founder of 2 websites that provide creative evangelism and discipleship resources.

www.LetTheLittleChildrenCome.com  specializes in unique child evangelism tools and resources to help convey the plan of salvation for kids effectively.

www.BibleGamesCentral.com develops Bible games for youths, kids and even adults to teach spiritual truths.

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