26 November 2013



Luke 9

New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

While everyone was marveling at everything he was doing, Jesus said to
his disciples, 44 “Listen to me and remember what I say. The Son of
Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies.” 45 But
they didn’t know what he meant. Its significance was hidden from
them, so they couldn’t understand it, and they were afraid to ask
him about it.

The Greatest in the Kingdom

46 Then his disciples began arguing about which of them was the
greatest. 47 But Jesus knew their thoughts, so he brought a little
child to his side. 48 Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a
little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who
welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least
among you is the greatest.”

After reminding the disciples that they hype of the moment will not
last, and that while everyone was marvelling at Him now, things would
change, the conversation leads into a typical “I’m better than
you” debate.

Here is one of the well known passages in the Bible. Jesus explains to
the disciples that ‘anyone who welcomes a little child’ on his
behalf, welcomes Him. What does a child represent in this context?

A child represents helplessness, humility, one that needs more
attention. Our world is full of people like this – not necessarily
children by age, but children in the sense that they are unable to
help themselves and need more love and attention. The sick, the poor,
the widows, the homeless, the rejected. These are people we know we
need to love and support – this is nothing new. What is significant is
that Jesus mentions that welcoming /them/, is to welcome /Him. /

Someone has said we are never closer to Jesus than when we are helping
someone that cannot help themselves. I tend to agree. Someone else
said that there is no greater deed than to do something for someone
who could never repay you.

With that in mind, why not aim to serve someone like /that/ this week
– someone that cannot help themselves, and someone that could never
repay you?


Thank you Lord that you provide for my needs every day. Please help me
to have a sense of gratitude that moves me to be a blessing to others.

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