Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Kingdom of Heaven: Through a Child's Eyes - November 17, 2010

Matthew 18:1-5 (New International Version)
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Well it's the holiday season again, and right on schedule the anti-Christian hordes are coming out in full force. These days children that attend public school don't really have any idea what Thanksgiving is all about, and Christmas...well if a baby in a manger is even mentioned, you'll have the ACLU all over you. Sure, there might be alot about snow, decorated trees, gift giving and Santa, but if you mention anything about Jesus you could be accused of a hate crime.

I can hardly wait to see which magazine cover will have something questioning some aspect about the validity of Christmas or something that will question the very existance of Jesus Christ. You'll have the educators and theologians pontificating, and the lawyers and politicians debating. But the thing that most people fail to realize is that without Jesus, there would be no reason for the season, or the controversy at all.

I believe Jesus was speaking to this very controversy in the verse about the Kingdom of Heaven above. I feel that he was making the point that when it comes to the things of God you need to have a childlike faith as a child has at Christmas. It is during this marvelous time of year that beneath the loud rantings and noise of the adults, the children still approach the story of a tiny baby in a manager, in the little town of Bethlehem, with the shepherds and the wise men, with awe and wonder.

A child does not question the validity of this or that, they do not debate or argue, they just accept in faith and heartfelt desire to get to know the baby Jesus. They long for a place of joy and love, where the warm embrace of the Father brings all the comfort that is needed. This is the season for all of us to have the mind and heart of a child, and to see our Savior and Lord through the eyes of a child.

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