In the fourth installment of the “Christmas 2011” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at Jesus as he teaches about coming to Christ as a child in Matthew chapter 18. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including when you come as a child, Jesus resurrects hope.
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Matthew 18:3 – 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
When you come as a child, Jesus resurrects hope.
Mark 5:35-36 – 35While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher any more?” 36Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Mark 5:41-42 – 41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
When you come as a child, Jesus rebukes those who stand in your way.
Matthew 19:13-15 – 13Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
When you come as a child, you receive unlimited possibilities.
John 6:9-12 – 9″Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”