Who Is The Greatest In the Kingdom of Heaven?
The disciples asked Jesus an interesting question. It was this — “who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” (Matthew 18:1)
Many of us today can name important people — individuals in our community, those who volunteer, and still others who perform necessary services within our society. But not everyone can guess what Jesus said.
Certainly, Jesus did not name any of these. Instead, Jesus responded to the question by calling a little child unto Him and setting the child in the midst, saying,
“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
But that was not the end of the story. Catch what Jesus said next to those who were listening.
“Whoso shall receive one such little child in My name receiveth Me.” (Matthew 18:15)
Children were very special in Jesus’ eyes. Indeed, this was not the only time Jesus welcomed little children. Jesus also reached out to children in the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Read on …
Then were there brought unto Jesus little children, that He should put His hands on them, and pray.The disciples rebuked them but Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)
And they brought young children to Jesus that He should touch them and His disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you — Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” (Mark 10:13-15)
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. And they brought unto Him also infants, that He would touch them: but when His disciples saw it, they rebuked them.