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Hosted by Steve Webb. Chistmas is over, but the season got me thinking about children and what Jesus said about who gets into Heaven.
Mark 10:13-32 (NIV)
13People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ?Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.? 16And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. ?Good teacher,? he asked, ?what must I do to inherit eternal life??
18?Why do you call me good?? Jesus answered. ?No one is good?except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ?Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.???
20?Teacher,? he declared, ?all these I have kept since I was a boy.?
21Jesus looked at him and loved him. ?One thing you lack,? he said. ?Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.?
22At this the man?s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ?How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!?
24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, ?Children, how hard it is? to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.?
26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, ?Who then can be saved??
27Jesus looked at them and said, ?With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.?
28Peter said to him, ?We have left everything to follow you!?
29?I tell you the truth,? Jesus replied, ?no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields?and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.?
32They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him.
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