Four lessons in greatness

Wisdomforlife

Jesus used four main settings to contrast human notions of greatness with the norms of His kingdom.

1. The cultural attitude toward children 

Matthew 18:1-4 

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

2. The authority structures among those in power

Matthew 20:25-28

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must…

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One Response to Four lessons in greatness

  1. Pastor Steve, can you explain to me (“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”)? I’m not quite sure I get this. Thanks in advance.
    Kenny

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