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November 24, 2020, 9:33 AM

Who is the Greatest?

Matthew 18:1-6

The question of who is the greatest has resulted in much turmoil in world history.  We commend the disciples for recognizing that the greatest in God's Kingdom is better than the greatest in the kingdoms of this world.  Jesus doesn't condemn them for asking that question, but uses the opportunity to teach them one of Heaven's core values.  "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven (verse 3)."  Thus we learn that Heaven is not gained by force or politics.  You cannot enter into the kingdom of God by your riches or your effort.  The entrance requirement into the glorious kingdom of God is to become like a child.  Why does Jesus use this illustration to convey how one comes into His kingdom?  Jesus is teaching that one must be humbled and recognize their need is to be born-again.  God opposes the proud, but looks with favor to the humble of heart.  In fact, Jesus reveals His heart for His children by giving a warning that it is best not to cause His little ones to stumble.  

Thankful Thought:  We can be thankful that citizenship in Heaven is not based on human effort, but God's work in us.