Text: Matthew 18:1-6

While still in the city of Capernaum, the disciples asked Jesus a question they had undoubtedly been pondering among themselves: “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  They were still anticipating an earthly kingdom and wondering what great positions they would have. In response, Jesus took a little child, who had no rights according to the Law, and stood him in their midst.  He told the disciples a change in their thinking was necessary. Greatness in the kingdom was not based on great works or words, but on childlike humility of spirit.  Jesus’ reply indicated they were asking the wrong question.  They should have been concerned about serving the Lord, not asking about positions in the kingdom.  Their service needed to be directed toward people, for Jesus spoke about welcoming a little child in His name.  Little thought was directed in those days toward children, but Jesus did not overlook them.  In fact, he gave a stern warning concerning any who might place a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in Him.  In Matthew 18:6-7 (NKJV) Jesus states: “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to the man by whom the offense comes! The living God of heaven and earth does harshly chastise and judge any and everyone who harm and hinder children!”  Little children can and do believe in Jesus!    The living God of heaven and earth longs for children to accept His Son, Jesus, as their Lord and Savior by faith.  In Matthew 18:3 (NKJV) Jesus states: “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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