Jesus has a way of turning things upside down.
Culture says this.
Jesus says that.
The question is…who are you going to listen to?
(For the context of the rest of this blog, check out Mark 10:13-31).
The culture says kids have no status…they have nothing to offer…they’re powerless.
Jesus says if you want to get into the kingdom of God, be like that.
The culture says people with status & wealth have it better & easier than the rest of us.
Jesus says those things make it even more difficult to get into God’s kingdom.
The culture says that things like our time and our money and our family and our comfort is to be valued above all other things.
Jesus says the value that we place on those things is what keeps us from following Him.
The culture says that the time you have on this earth is all you have, so make the most of it…be first.
Jesus says that the time you have on this earth is all you have, so make the most of it…be last.
15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it…” 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Jesus in Mark 10:13 & 31)
34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life[d] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. (Jesus in Mark 8)