Unity in Christ Jesus
Matthew 19:13-30: People bring their children to Jesus for a blessing, but the disciples rebuke them. A rich man approaches Jesus, inquiring what he must do to receive eternal life.
Jesus Blesses Little Children
13 Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people. 14 Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
15 He placed his hands on them and then went away.
The Rich Young Man
16 Once a man came to Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me concerning what is good?” answered Jesus. “There is only One who is good. Keep the commandments if you want to enter life.”
18 “What commandments?” he asked.
Jesus answered, “Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; 19 respect your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
20 “I have obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else do I need to do?”
21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he was very rich.
23 Jesus then said to his disciples, “I assure you: it will be very hard for rich people to enter the Kingdom of heaven. 24 I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”
25 When the disciples heard this, they were completely amazed. “Who, then, can be saved?” they asked.
26 Jesus looked straight at them and answered, “This is impossible for human beings, but for God everything is possible.”
27 Then Peter spoke up. “Look,” he said, “we have left everything and followed you. What will we have?”
28 Jesus said to them, “You can be sure that when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the New Age, then you twelve followers of mine will also sit on thrones, to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake, will receive a hundred times more and will be given eternal life. 30 But many who now are first will be last, and many who now are last will be first.
Today’s Key Verse: Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Recall yesterday’s reading about Jesus using a child as an example when teaching about humbling oneself (Matthew 18:2-5). In today’s reading, how does the story of Jesus blessing children (verses 13-15) reinforce the lesson from yesterday? The rich young man in today’s reading was most likely someone who possessed not only wealth, but also power and status. It may be that he gained his wealth through taxes, interest, or similar means that caused others to remain poor. Why did the rich young man go away sad? In your understanding, what does it means to follow Jesus?
Lord Jesus, I want to be your disciple and to serve you. Teach me to be obedient to your will and to obey your commandments. Open my eyes and heart to the needs of others. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
Acts 3:1-26: Peter heals a lame beggar.