Let’s continue with Matthew 20 … had a LOT OF TIME without drawing the comic. 😦
At that time James and John did not know it but Jesus, the Son of God; whom they were asking for a position of honor; will even wash their feet. Here Jesus speaks of the greatness of service and also demonstrated it with works.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:5-8
Would you like to know when and in what way you will die? 😯
Jesus knew it! In his words he shows how aware he was of all the suffering he would experience. Why did he go ahead and didn’t avoid it?
Only his sacrifice would allow the forgiveness of our sins and give us eternal life through faith. Only his agonizing suffering frees us from our deserved eternal suffering:
“The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hadeswere thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:13-15
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10
God is love. His love was manifested in the sacrifice of Jesus to save us even though we did not deserve it; but He is also Just and in due time will judge.
And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.” Revelation 16:7
Before the trial, you can know your verdict. I invite you to visit this page:
How to get to Heaven? (BBN)
Up to this point, the disciples of Jesus hadn’t shown opposition in allowing crowds come to him. This time, they didn’t have a welcoming attitude toward the ones who were coming: little children.
We can fall into the mistake to don’t see the importance of the children’s approach to Jesus. Maybe we talk about Jesus to people who we think are more mature, and tell the children to go somewhere else to play as if their presence is just a distraction or interruption. Jesus tells us to let the children come to him.
May God bless you: the one who works with children at church, school or community. You are making a valuable effort and may God give you encouragement to continue and share the salvation Jesus has for them. To the ones in ministries that aren’t focused on children; may God bless your ministry and, in what you serve, try to share time with the kids, show them Jesus’ love and make them feel how important they are to Jesus through the importance you give to them. 😀