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We Must Enter The Kingdom Of God Like Children (Mark 10:13-16)

November 3, 2013 Preacher: Eric Douma Series: Mark

Scripture: Mark 10:13–16

In Mark 10:13-16 we witness Jesus teaching His disciples that unless they become like children, they will not enter the kingdom of God. Jesus' admonition is a response to the disciples rebuke of children that were trying to come to Jesus for a blessing. The disciples regarded the children as too insignificant and unimportant to have a hearing with the Messiah of Israel, but Jesus explains that it is the child who is fit to enter the kingdom of God precisely because they have no pretense about their own status or importance. Jesus' call for all people to emulate the child in order to enter the kingdom is not a call to simple thinking, or forsaking of doctrine, but it is a call to realize that we all are helpless before a holy and righteous God. The child serves as an example of one who merely receives a gift with no pretense of ever paying it back.

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