Many believe that babies that die will go to heaven on the basis of the story that was recorded in Matthew 2:16-18. This story tells of king Herod who ordered the slaying of all the male babies in Bethlehem that were two years old or younger to get rid of the coming Messiah.
Jeremiah the prophet foretold of this tragic event saying “Refrain thy voice from weeping, … they [the slain children] shall come again from the land of the enemy…Thy children shall come again to their own border” (Jeremiah 31:16, 17).
Primarily, this verse refers to the return of the exiles from captivity. Secondarily it refers to that time when restoration will be permanent, the time of the “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21) at the second coming of Christ. The promises found in Jer. 31:16- 17, may well give assurance to any modern Rachel in Israel, that if she is faithful to the Lord, her babies who have been claimed by death will be restored to her by the great Life-giver on the Resurrection Day.
Jesus certainly made clear His love of children: “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14; also Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16). And Jeremiah 1:5 also provides insight about God’s plans for babies “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” The Lord loves all babies and He clearly has a purpose in the creation of each one. And we fully can trust our babies to His infinite love because He gave His life to save them (John 3:16).
In His service,
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