Tuesday, August 12, 2008
More Secrets of the Heavenly Kingdom
Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?”
He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said,
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes humble like this child
is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
Meaning to enter the Kingdom of Heaven you don't have to be the smartest, or the most gifted, or from the best family, or the strongest, or the richest, or the luckiest, or even the nicest, you just have to be what you once were, a child. Anyone can do it if they want to. Can you think of a more even playing field?
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion?
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills
and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it
than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father
that one of these little ones be lost.”
Meaning that God did not create any soul for Hell, and the loss of any soul to Hell is a catastrophe. Therefore, take heart, no matter what you've done or how much you've fallen, you can return to God. He is waiting for you.
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