Imagine the crowds that surrounded Jesus during His 3 1/2 year ministry on earth. Here He was healing, driving out demons, and teaching as one with authority. Then there were always those “lurking” Pharisees and Scribes who sought to trick Jesus into saying something that would allow them to accuse Him of Blasphemy, or of breaking the law of Moses, so that they could have the One they considered “competition” put to death. But Jesus was different. Even during His hectic teaching and healing ministry, Jesus made time for the children! This was unheard of in those days. I can’t imagine the “high and mighty” Pharisees taking time out of their busy day to address the children. But not so with our Jesus, who LOVES children!!
Even the Disciples considered Jesus too busy and important to speak with the children. After all, Jesus IS the Son of God! The Disciples rebuked a group of parents who brought their children to Jesus for Him to pray for them. But, Jesus then gently rebuked His Disciples stating that the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are LIKE little children, who have the faith and trust of a child.
Matthew 19: 13 Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.
Jesus wants all of His Disciples to have the faith of a child. This doesn’t mean that we are supposed to act “childishly” which is often self-centered or self-obsessed, but that our FAITH (believing in what we cannot see based on the evidence that is seen) needs to be like a child. This is especially true today because we can no longer visibly SEE Jesus, as He is now seated at the Right Hand of the Father. Jesus tells us that without FAITH it is impossible to please God ! (Hebrews 11:6). What does the FAITH of a child look like?
What is the faith of a child? When we first see Jesus introduce childlike faith as a prerequisite for entering the Kingdom of God, Jesus’ Disciples were having a conversation with one another and debating which of them would be the “greatest” in the Kingdom of Heaven. Let’s face it, isn’t that a normal human response? Who is the “greater” Disciple? Who would be seated at Jesus’ Right and left hand? Only “two” could fit into those coveted spots…right?
Matthew 18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;
So, as the disciples focus on what constitutes “greatness” in heaven, Jesus provides a new perspective: the way “up” is “down.” Meekness is required (cf. Matthew 5:5). Jesus encourages the disciples (and us) to seek to possess a childlike modesty in addition to our faith. Those who willingly take the lowest position are the greatest in heaven’s eyes. A young child is not filled with ambition, pride, or haughtiness and is therefore a good example for us. Children are usually humble and teachable. Young children aren’t as prone to pride or hypocrisy. Humility is a virtue rewarded by God; as James says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James 4:10).
Although faith is not mentioned in Matthew 18:1–5, we know that it isn’t JUST humility that ushers a person into heaven; it is FAITH in the SON OF GOD. A humble, unpretentious faith could rightly be called a “childlike faith.” How does a child receive a gift? With openness, honesty, and unbridled joy. This is child-like faith!
Of course, children are easily fooled and led astray. Children tend to miss the truth and be drawn to myths and fantasies. But that is NOT what is meant by having a childlike faith. As a matter of fact, Jesus WARNS us God will deal HARSHLY with people who cause the innocent to stumble, who lead little children into a wrong direction because they can.
Matthew 18: 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Jesus LOVES the children! He did NOT want them stopped when they came to Him to ask for prayer! Jesus uses the analogy of children, child-like faith and trust in the promises of YHWH, to describe the type of person who would be greatest in the Kingdom of God. This is because young children have a natural humility, trust, and acceptance of GIFTS without being encumbered by pride, worry, guilt, or shame. Jesus says that when we receive one of His Children (could be a literal child or even a NEW or humble Christian adult), then we receive HIM. However, He also WARNS US that if we cause even ONE of these little ones who believe in Him to stumble, to lose faith, to stop believing in Jesus, then we would be better off to have been drowned in the DEEPEST part of the sea. This type of Capital punishment was not common among the Jewish people, but was practiced by the Greeks and the Romans. The Jews avoided this type of punishment because it did NOT allow for the burial of the dead. A large Millstone being thrown into the depth of the sea, the deepest part of the Sea, would not allow for the body to float to the surface and have a proper burial. It would be a very serious offense to bring about this type of Capital Punishment!
After God’s Holy Spirit had me focus on Jesus and the children, HE then showed me an article that shocked me, causing my jaw to drop to the floor. The Holy Spirit inside of me was greatly stirred up, and I think I need to bring this to our attention. The article we’re about to present below is in such STARK contrast to the teachings of Jesus, who teaches ALL of HIS CHILDREN, both old and young, to LOVE our enemies, to PRAY for those who persecute us, to be KIND to all people. Jesus teaches us HUMILITY and LOVE...but there is something else entirely that is being taught TODAY to young CHILDREN in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA and around the globe. And, it’s being touted by the VAST MAJORITY of the Criminal Mainstream Media as “good, Godly, loving, and RIGHT. But is it? Do NOT be deceived. Jesus told us that there would be GREAT DECEPTIONS in the last days. The Mainstream Media is presenting a very biased and slanted view that SUPPORTS their AGENDA of a NEW WORLD ORDER RELIGION. Christians need to remain awake and vigilant because we are in the LAST DAYS.
The article below, just reported today (5/3/2019) on Fox News Media, is absolutely CHILLING. Thankfully, they were willing to report the truth on this matter. I seriously doubt any of us will see this article in any other media source because it does NOT fit their narrative that wants us to BELIEVE that Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are all “good religions” who really worship the same “God”…But as we’ve shown in previous posts, this is a LIE, part of the Great Deception that we were warned of by Jesus in Matthew 24 and by Paul in 2nd Thessalonians.
Please pray and use discernment! I think the sign above could also read “Knowing the difference between what is right and what APPEARS to be right!”. What we need to be asking ourselves is do we REALLY worship the same God? My TRIUNE GOD (Father/Son/Holy Spirit) is ONE GOD, a GOD of LOVE, MERCY, HUMILITY and KINDNESS! My God is FAITHFUL, JUST, and true! My GOD is JESUS! My God sacrificed HIMSELF to pay for my sins, this “god” asks for the sacrifice of people, of children, of “others”. This “god” is different, and NOT a God of LOVE. Yes, there are kind Muslim people out there, but they need a Savior like the rest of us! Getting caught up in this IDOLATRY is dangerous, and it’s SAD!
Jesus tells us in HIS WORD that those who cause others to STUMBLE, especially the children, a new or young believer, or any who would have a CHANCE to BELIEVE the TRUTH that JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY, that they would be better off having a HEAVY MILLSTONE tied around their neck and to be DROWNED IN THE DEEPEST SEA.
Shocking video of children in Philadelphia Muslim Society: ‘We will chop off their heads’ for Allah
Disturbing footage of Muslim kids saying they would sacrifice themselves and kill for the “army of Allah” surfaced from an Islamic center in Philadelphia.
The Muslim American Society (MAS) Islamic Center in Philadelphia posted the video to its Facebook page celebrating “Ummah Day” in which young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang and read poetry about killing for Allah and the mosque in Jerusalem.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a watchdog group, alerted Fox News to the video.
“These are NOT isolated incidents; they are happening in major centers of the country – including in Pennsylvania,” MEMRI said in a statement.
In the video, translated by MEMRI, kids can be heard singing: “The land of the Prophet Muhammad’s Night Journey is calling us. Our Palestine must return to us.”
One girl talks about martyrs sacrificing their lives without hesitation to conquer Jerusalem.
“We will defend the land of divine guidance with our bodies, and we will sacrifice our souls without hesitation,” a second girl says. “We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque. We will lead the army of Allah fulfilling His promise, and we will subject them to eternal torture.”
MAS Philly belongs to the Muslim American Society (MAS), which has 42 chapters in the United States and one in the United Kingdom.
MAS’ website says that its mission is to “move people to strive for God-consciousness, liberty and justice, and to convey Islam with utmost clarity,” and that its vision is “a virtuous and just American society.“
In its latest PRESS RELEASE, MAS condemns the synagogue shooting in California.https://www.foxnews.com/us/video-philadelphia-muslim-society-children
As Christians we are called to be FRUIT INSPECTORS. Good Fruit..joy, peace, patience, kindness, LONG SUFFERING, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.
Galatians 5:19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of ANGER, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
After reading the above article about MAS (Muslim American Society) and CONTRASTING it with what is really taking place behind the scenes, we see that there is a GREAT DISCONNECT between THE TRUTH and what is being MARKETED as THE TRUTH or what we are being TOLD is the truth. They are saying one thing to the Media and then doing something else ENTIRELY behind the scenes. Does their religion ALLOW them to LIE to those whom they consider ‘THE INFIDEL”? Yes, it not only allows it, but it says they have an obligation to do so. The truth is this MAS organization is teaching their children to MURDER themselves or others in the name of their god, all the while PRETENDING to be peaceful, loving “good neighbors”. This is BAD FRUIT my friends!!!
Matthew 5: 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, LOVE your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
The Christian is to be kind, loving, and merciful to ALL PEOPLE! The Christian is to LOVE our enemies and PRAY for those who persecute us!! We PRAY for the people who are caught in this FALSE RELIGION, the worship of the moon god allah. We PRAY for the children who are being BRAINWASHED to hate and to kill! We PRAY for them to be RELEASED from this demonic oppression that has them entangled and to RUN to the TRUTH, the TRUE SAVIOR..JESUS THE CHRIST! We are NOT to hate the Muslim, or to wish them any harm!!! If we did that, then we wouldn’t really be following Jesus! Instead, we should have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, our Savior, that we want all to be saved and none to be lost! But only THE TRUTH will set us FREE! JESUS IS THE TRUTH, THE WAY, THE LIFE and NOBODY gets to the FATHER (YHWH) except through JESUS the MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD! Allah is NOT YHWH, Allah is the moon god, hence the crescent moon and star (pagan symbols) that they promote!
We need to approach Jesus with child like faith, we need to pray and ask HIM to release ALL of the captives who are being held PRISONER by the enemy, and ask JESUS to set them FREE as He did us!
The Sermon on the Mount contains Kingdom Principles. If you have the time, contrast this video of LOVE for ALL PEOPLE…with the video above, one that promotes hate and revenge. It’s NOT the children’s fault! They are being taught LIES and hatred in the name of a false god. Jesus is the WORD OF GOD MADE FLESH, HE IS the SON OF YHWH (the FATHER), JESUS IS EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US!
This is the TRUTH! Maranatha, Jesus is coming SOON!!!