At this time the people were bringing children to Jesus to have him lay his hands on them and pray. They were seeking for the Lord to bless their children.
However as often happens, the people around the Lord, his disciples, were “running interference” to try and “protect” Jesus from these interruptions. Imagine the personal assistant of a major corporation CEO who acts as gatekeeper to ensure the boss isn’t disturbed by the unimportant masses and you’ll get the idea.
However Jesus was showing a principle in his actions. Between Jesus and man there are no gatekeepers. We all have direct access to him at any time. This was the key point he was making to ensure the disciples and the rest of his followers from then on recognised that there were to be no gatekeepers getting in the way. Likewise there were to be no gatekeepers to prevent people from coming to the disciples.
Jesus said in this section to let the children come to him. Now he was concerned about the children of course, but the point he was making were in his following words, “…do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Verse 14) The kingdom of heaven belongs to those who become like children. It belongs to those who are humble, innocent and open like children. Jesus made this point earlier in chapter 18 when the disciples asked him who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
We see also that Paul made the point that there are no gatekeepers saying, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5) No one stands between God and us and no one can act as gatekeeper between God and man as that is the position that Jesus holds. No man has the right to take the place of Christ and no man can stand as gatekeeper between man and God. We are all equals in Christ, brothers and sisters in the Lord and no person has the right or authority to Lord it over another in Christ.