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Message of the Day: Heaven is for Child-like People!

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14, NKJV)

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Jesus had just spoken of the tax collector being on his way to salvation because he was deeply perturbed by his sinfulness. Here Jesus indicates that heaven will be exclusively occupied by child–like people. No pompous fellows in heaven, strutting around as if they owned the universe. There are plenty of them in the church here—but not so up there. Jesus said flatly that unless we become like little children, we shall never enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3). A little child is teachable, trustful, free from mental pride, unsophisticated, and loving. The disciples did not think children were important enough to bother with. That made Jesus indignant—He loved children (Mark 10:13–14).

Many people thought that they could gain entrance into the kingdom of God through their own efforts. Jesus referred to the children gathered around him to illustrate that this was not so. People must realize that in relation to entering his kingdom they are as helpless and dependent as children. There is no room in his kingdom for those who hold high positions of themselves, or who think they will gain eternal life through their wisdom or good works. (Matthew 19:13-15)

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan:Zondervan, 2000.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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