Empty Hands
STEVE McKENZIE   -  

Let the Children Come to Me

13 mAnd they were bringing children to him that he might touchthem, and the disciples nrebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, hewas indignant and said to them, o“Let the children come to me; pdonot hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 qTruly, Isay to you, whoever does not rreceive the kingdom of God like a childshall not enter it.” 16 And she took them in his arms and blessed them,tlaying his hands on them.

The Rich Young Man

17 uAnd as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up andvknelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do towinherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call megood? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know thecommandments: x‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do notsteal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your fatherand mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, yall these I have keptfrom my youth.” 21 And Jesus, zlooking at him, aloved him, and said tohim, “You lack one thing: go, bsell all that you have and give to thepoor, and you will have ctreasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”22 dDisheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he hadgreat possessions.

23 And Jesus elooked around and said to his disciples, f“Howdifficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter gthe kingdom ofGod!” 24 And the disciples hwere amazed at his words. But Jesus saidto them again, i“Children, jhow difficult it is2 to enter gthe kingdomof God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle thanfor a rich person to enter gthe kingdom of God.” 26 And they wereexceedingly astonished, and said to him,3 “Then who can be saved?”27 Jesus klooked at them and said, l“With man it is impossible, but notwith God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say tohim, “See, mwe have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said,“Truly, I say to you, nthere is no one who has left house or brothers orsisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and oforthe gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold pnow in this time,houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands,qwith persecutions, and in rthe age to come eternal life. 31 But smanywho are first will be last, and the last first.”