And a little child shall lead. Isaiah promised a child born for us who would establish endless peace upheld with justice and righteousness. He described a time when the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, a little child leading them.
Isaiah’s vision of the peaceable kingdom is centred on a child born to be the Prince of Peace. When the promised child came among us, he said: ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs’; ‘Unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven’; ‘Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’ and ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.’