Matthew 18:1–4 (NET)
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, had him stand among them, 3 and said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven! 4 Whoever then humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
As his time on earth was nearing its end, Jesus began focusing more attention on the specifics of kingdom life, and how disciples are to live in community with one another and in influential peace with the world around them. Jesus’ teaching here begins with a foundation, and what follows in chapters 18 and 19 is built on that foundation. I want to take a few posts to talk about Jesus’ vision for community life, and I’ll begin today with the verses above so to give us a foundation for this discussion.