The power of humility for the kingdom
“People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Luke alone places this event after the parable of the Pharisee and tax-collector and before the encounter with the rich man. Matthew and Mark also position it before the rich man but after Jesus answering the trick questions of the Pharisees.
Why is this important?
Placing this story highlights the importance of the power of humility. Little children in the other gospels and Babies here in Luke. The word means small children. The picture is of noise, fun, a not very orderly occasion!
Parents would bring their children to the religious leaders for a blessing prayer on special occasions of the year.
So what is Jesus teaching here. It is the power of humility. Before Jesus that day was:
1. Potential without pride.
2. Innocence without importance.
3. Desire without duty.
4. Calling without coldness.
5. Hunger without hesitation.
These are the requirements for the kingdom and these are what will keep you out of it.