Who Is The Greatest; Learning Under Jesus

Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.

While I sat there thinking about what Jesus said, I heard arguing. Looking out I saw the other disciples approaching.

Jesus asked, “What were you arguing about on the road?
They all looked at each other, a little embarrassed.
“We have a question,” Thomas said. “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Jesus called a little child to him and placed the child among them. He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

A child, I thought. They are powerless. Why be like a child when you can be a sage or a warrior? Most teachers tell us to imitate men of power.

Jesus continued, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Wow. That’s a Roman punishment. If we make anyone stumble, we could suffer a fate worse than death?

Matthew 18:1-6; Mark 9:33-37; Luke 9:46-48

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