Have you ever read Matthew 11:11?
Have you ever read MATTHEW 11:11? In case you haven’t, here it is:
Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. [Matthew 11:11, RSV-CE]
That passage can easily be lost in talks about many of the Lord’s teachings in Matthew’s Gospel. Yet, it is a passage that should give us both great hope and a somber seriousness. We are all born of women; therefore, the passage speaks to everyone on earth. Jesus held John the Baptist in great regard, and despite the Baptist’s lofty place in the Lord’s plans for salvation, Jesus made it quite clear that the very least in Heaven are greater than John. Wow! Truly give that some thought. If someone such as John the Baptist would be the least in Heaven, imagine the wonders and joy we will find there.
The passage gives us hope because despite the conditions of this world, Heaven will contain none of those painful realities, and even more, life in Heaven will go beyond anything we can imagine.
The passage creates a somber seriousness because it shows us we must make Heaven a true priority if we desire the joy and happiness found there. We cannot receive salvation (Heaven) without faith, and Jesus calls us to follow all that He taught. Isn’t Heaven and eternity worth entering a loving commitment to our Lord?
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