MARK 10:1-31: RECEIVING THE KINGDOM LIKE A CHILD

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Helplessness is not a situation human beings like to be in. Especially high achieving students and professionals - we are used to our own abilities being able to gain security and success for ourselves (most of the time). So I wonder if Jesus teaching in Mark 10 comes as a particular challenge to Unichurch:

"Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." And the children Jesus is talking about are little children, who he can pick up in his arms. Through this image of a child Jesus is teaching us that the only way we can enter God's Kingdom is by helplessly depending on him - in the way that small children are helplessly dependent on others to love and take care of them.

In the rest of Mark 10 Jesus shows why it is that we are helpless and have to depend on him . He shows us just how high the standards of entry are to his kingdom. He shows the most noble and virtuous of us, who may have tried all our lives to live in obedience to God that "no-one is good but God alone". And that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for us to enter the kingdom of God. (In case you don't get the point - that's a poetic way of saying its impossible). 

But listen to what Jesus says next:"For man it is impossible, but not for God." And as we read on in Mark we will see how God makes the impossible possible and brings sinners into his perfect kingdom.

Posted on November 21, 2013 .