At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Matthew 18:1
It seems when the disciples asked Jesus this question that they missed the point of all of His teaching. Today we might think we have made some great progress since those days, but in fact we still push the question of who is “the Greatest” in our attitudes and actions. We want to succeed,impress, outdo, and in general, garner for ourselves praise. We strive by every conceivable plan to be the first, the best and the greatest because we are not sure of our value.
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-3
When Jesus called a little child it tells me that children were on hand wherever He was. They felt comfortable, accepted and yes, valued in His presence. They knew that there was nothing special they needed to do to become more important to Him. A little one in fact has nothing much to offer. They cannot provide for their own needs, cannot defend themselves and are not at all in control. They sleep, they cry, they eat and leave the rest to us! But walk into any room with a tiny baby in your arms and hands will reach out, eyes will focus and it will seem that time stops.
No matter what great successes this little baby finds, there will be no more treasured photograph in her mothers collection than this day when she lay quietly in her brother’s arms effortlessly giving us all joy. Those moments in some small way remind us of one Bethlehem evening when Mary held Jesus in her arms and the shepherds came.
Joy to the World
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King! (The greatest of all!)