Who is the greatest?
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Who is the greatest?
Jesus answers the disciples question,"Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" by calling a child to himself to illustrate the answer to their question. Jesus answers the question in two parts. The first part of His answer concerns entry into the kingdom of heaven. The second part of His answer states the qualities of who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Part One: A person must become like a child to enter the kingdom of heaven. A child knows his or her need of parents. A child wants to know mom or dad is available to him and gets very fearful if he does not know where his parents are. We are like a child if we know our need of Jesus. Do you now your need for Jesus?
We need Jesus because of sin. The law diagnoses sin (the Ten Commandments are part of the law. See Romans 7:7,13). Jesus cures sin (Colossians 2:13-14).
If we do not acknowledge our sin, we will not know we need Jesus and will not come to Him. In Luke 7:29-30we learn that the people baptized in John's baptism (baptism of repentance of sin or acknowledgement of sin) knew God was just in judging them because they were sinful. They knew they needed to be made righteous and so believed the gospel.
The people who did not get baptized by John did not acknowledge their sin and did not see their need for the gospel offered by Jesus. We must know our need of Jesus like a child knows his or her need of parents if we are to believe the gospel and enter the kingdom of heaven.
Part Two: A person must become like a child to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said we must humble ourselves like a child to be greatest.
A child demonstrates humility by acknowledging his need of help and by being willing to imitate his parents. When we acknowledge our need for Jesus and imitate Him we are greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
You are on your way to being greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Pretty cool, huh. Help as many people as possible be great today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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