A Kingdom for Children
Reading: Luke 10:21-24
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”
Seeing His disciples announcing the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus rejoices. He rejoices because the Kingdom is available for everyone… for the humble, the meek, the forgotten, the rejected.
The Kingdom of God is for those who decide to look to Jesus innocently, confidently, in dependence and necessity, without malice, like children…
What keeps the Pharisees from recognizing Jesus as the Messiah of God?
Their pride keeps them from being like children. They are convinced that the Kingdom of God cannot be like Jesus says. How can the Messiah break the Sabbath to help the sick? How can common people and prostitutes become part of that Kingdom? No! Blasphemy! How can this carpenter from Galilee disrupt what has been established?
They know a lot about God, but they don’t know God. For this reason, they are unable to see what is right in front of their eyes.
In their pride, the Pharisees pretend that the Kingdom of God follows their laws, not those of the King. What keeps us from being able to enter the Kingdom of God is thinking that we can do it by our own means. But in this precious Kingdom, those who recognize that they are unworthy of taking part are invited to enter by the King Himself.
MEDITATE: Let us always look to the Lord without religiousness! Let us never stop being amazed by the wonder of His mercy! Does your heart rejoice seeing the wonder of the Lord’s mercy?
Translation By: Emily Stader