Clarence Mounce – Special Meeting Thoughts – May 10, 2020

Some thoughts about Jesus teaching His disciples, and some “lessons” He needed to teach more than once.

Matthew 18:1, the disciples saying, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” The answer was verse 4, “Whosoever shall humble himself as this little child.” In chapter 19:13, when little children were brought unto Jesus “that He should put His hands on them, and pray,” the disciples seemingly had failed to learn how much Jesus admired the characteristics in little children.

Mark 10:13, “And they brought young children to Him, that He should touch them…His disciples rebuked those that brought them.”

Verse 14, “But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, ‘Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God.”

Verse 16, “And He took them up in His arms, put His hands upon them, and blessed them.”

Luke 18:15, “And they brought unto Him also infants, that He would touch them,” but the disciples rebuked them.

Verse 16, “But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, ‘Suffer little children to come unto Me, for of such is the Kingdom of God.”

Luke 22:24, the thought again of who among them was greatest! Jesus was so patient with them, but the standard never changed, and it seems that most of the disciples did continue to learn and to follow the teachings of Jesus. I’ve often been glad that some things have been repeated over and over to me so that I can finally get the lesson!

This of “being like a little child” seems to be what will open the door to more vital lessons that we can learn from Jesus’ example.

Paul wrote in II Corinthians 11:3, about the simplicity that is in Christ. To be willing “to be a disciple” keeps us “in the school” of Jesus, our example and teacher — and I want to be a good student and to keep learning from this greatest of all teachers!