Summary: This sermon deals with the childlike qualities Jesus wants to see in His followers.
Only Children Go To Heaven
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
2Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,
3and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
6"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
The title of today’s sermon is “Only Children Go To Heaven!”.
Isn’t that what Jesus says in Verse 3?
We all know how children can be.
At times they can be very trying.
Yet most of the time they are very lovely beings.
(Talk about Channelar)
What characteristics of children can we learn from them?
Point #1. A CHILD IS THE MOST HUMBLE OF ALL PERSONS.
Jesus says in Verse 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
The disciples needed this lesson and so do we.
Humility is something we have to work at.
It is not given to us.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
This is something we must try to do!
The Lord will not do it for you!
Nobody else can do it for you!
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble." 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
A little 7 year-old boy named Tommy
lived with his Mommy and Daddy in a small Nebraska town.
Tommy loved to play baseball.
In fact, Tommy was a very good baseball player.
He was the star player on his team.
However, you would never know it
by the way Tommy talked and acted.
Though Tommy always hit the ball very well
and made many outstanding catches,
he never bragged about his accomplishments on the field.
Tommy was a very humble boy.
Pride is what keeps people from submitting…
to those whom God has placed in authority over us!
It keeps some church people from submitting to the pastor!
It keeps some people from submitting to the police!
It keeps some women from submitting to their husbands!
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
This is where many Christians stumble!
They think they are better than others!
They want to be up front showing off!
They want everyone to see them!
They won’t do the work done behind the scenes!
They want the important jobs in the church!
It’s the opposite of a “humble spirit”.
Jesus "humbled Himself"
Listen to Philippians 2:3-8
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
A CHILD IS FORGIVING.
Jesus says in Matthew 18:35
So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."
Children have a forgiving nature.
They can't stay upset with a playmate very long.
Let’s hear more about Tommy, the baseball player!
One day, Tommy’s baseball bat was missing.
He was so upset by the loss of his bat
he struck out three times in the next game.
The next day, the mother of one of Tommy’s teammates
came to his house.
She had Tommy’s bat.
The bat had been stolen by his teammate.
The next day at practice,
Tommy walked up to the teammate who stole the bat.