Have you ever met people with nothing but the worst of things to say? Some call them pessimists, but honestly, they can get so annoying, can’t they? You know the kind. You pay them a visit, they say that you are taking time away from their daily routine. You don’t pay them a visit, they say you don’t care. You buy them a gift, they find all sorts of things wrong with it and claim that you only gave it to them because you were decluttering your cupboard. You don’t buy them a gift and they label you as heartless. Yes, this kind of people, the kind who seem to have made a habit out of tearing others down. We see them everywhere.

But you know what beloved, it is so comforting to know that when the Bible says,

“For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.” Hebrews 4:15 [AMPC]

He certainly was. Because of even these annoying people, Jesus was not spared.

“Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there.
The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”” Matthew 19:1-3

Annoying bunch, weren’t they, these Pharisees? Here Jesus was, healing the sick, the lame, the maimed, and there they were trying to find fault with Him; and not only Him, the very institution that God our Father put in place, marriage. For as Jesus tells us, and them,

“And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”” Matthew 19:4-6

So here again, in typical ‘man’ fashion, man seeks to outsmart God to try and justify His position here on earth. For indeed, to Jesus’ comments, they responded,

“They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”” Matthew 19:7

They were hell-bent on proving Jesus wrong, and themselves right. And to make matters worse, they were doing this right after Jesus had ‘finished these sayings’; and what sayings were these?

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” Matthew 18:1-5

We should approach God with humility in order to be great in Heaven.

“If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.” Matthew 18:8-9

We should stay away from sin best we can.

And He told the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, to remind us that just as we who believe on Jesus have not been judged, because we have been made righteous by Jesus, so too we should not judge others.

Yet, here they were, being haughty and trying to upstage Jesus; reveling in the worst kind of sin possible, because they wanted to undo the work of God in marriage; and they could not stopping judging people, not Jesus, not the people engaged in divorce. They were doing the very things Jesus said they were not to do, and having a self-righteous old good time doing them.

But through it all, isn’t it wonderful to see how steadfast and firm an example Jesus sets for us, that despite all that was said, Jesus was still unflustered and He could still respond like this,

“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:13-14

Indeed, His heart is always for us, no matter how we treat Him. His heart is for us, no matter what we say to Him; and He reminds us again, gently, of how He truly sees us and how He loves us.

You see beloved, if you think about it, the kingdom of Heaven is indeed of little children. For even the atheists would agree that if there is a Heaven, it must be filled with only the best and purest of good people. So who else can be pure, if not for the children? When a child is born, it knows not sin. In fact, it knows nothing, save for when it needs to be fed and when it needs to be cleaned. Nothing can be purer than that. So it does not take a big leap of logic in order to see that what Jesus said is right on the money.

But now that we have known sin, now that we have experienced sin, now that sin has entered our lives, and no longer merely “…crouches at your door” (Genesis 4:7 [AMP]), we are no longer in that same pristine state that we once were.

Yet, just like what Jesus told Nicodemus, Jesus has made a way for us to be, as it were, born again; to be clean, untainted, undefiled; to return to that state that we once were, that Jesus and our Father see us in. And that happened when we received Jesus into our lives.

You see, when Jesus went to the cross,

“…He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

We were made right again with God. It is as if we never sinned, because all those sins were punished in the body of Jesus. For on that cross,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

And that is why Jesus can remind us, constantly, every time we take Communion, that

“…this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:28

Now, I know you have heard this a million times before. But isn’t it wonderful to be constantly reminded of how loved we are, how cherished we are by God our Father that He would be willing to send Jesus to make that exchange for us? And this despite us sinning no less than the Pharisees did.

But one more thing you must not miss from this passage of scripture, is this.

“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”” Matthew 19:14

“But He said, Leave the children alone! Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed.” Matthew 19:14 [AMPC]

“But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”” Matthew 19:14 [NASB]
To you BELONGS the kingdom of Heaven because you ARE the kingdom of Heaven, of such as you is the kingdom of Heaven COMPOSED. For no matter what the world tells you, this is who you really are.

“Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

You who believe are the beloved child of God. You who believe are the little children whom Jesus was talking about and nothing is going to hinder you from coming to Him. How do I know? Because He just said so.

And friend, if you have never believed in Jesus and have always thought that you were too wretched a sinner, to broken a person, with too dilapidated a circumstance for Jesus to care, well, remember that the passage we looked at today started with Jesus healing the people. It doesn’t state what situations their lives were in. Because He doesn’t care what situation your life is in. As long as you come to Him right now, He WILL heal you, of anything and everything.

My friend, Jesus is in the business of making people whole. He is in the business of making relationships whole. He is in the business of restoration. He wants to not only restore you to the former glory that you had when He created you, He wants to restore to you the glory that our Father had in store for you, as a part of Heaven. And as He just said, He will let nothing hinder you from coming to Him. So if you want to come to Him, then say this to Him right now.

“Jesus, thank You for calling out to me. Thank You for loving me so much that You would go to the cross for me. That bleeding, Your blood gave me full remission of all my sins. That dying, You broke the chains of sin, so that now I can be free of its grasp and have the choice to say ‘no’. That rising, You brought me into an eternal life with You and in You. Thank You for making me a part of Heaven. I rest in Your arms now. I cast all my cares and worries into Your hands, just like a child would, and trust, knowing that You will make all things work for my good. Amen.”

Beloved, child of God, isn’t wonderful that even though we have been giving Jesus crap all our lives, that even though now and then, our human failings will still make us give Jesus crap, He still loves us so much that He would never let anything hinder us from coming to Him?

And just as a bonus, think of how little children are supposed to respond to their Father. Are they supposed to work and toil? Or are they supposed to just rest in His care? Are they supposed to be knowledgeable about their Father’s business, or is their business only to know when they need to be fed and cleaned? So too does our Father only expect that from you. And so too is our Father fully and solely responsible for your well-being and care.

Beloved, Jesus is in the business of making you whole. No matter what your circumstances are. The more broken it is, the more His glory will be revealed in Your life. Let Him restore you to the glory that you were made to have.

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