“Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by Him, and said unto them, ‘Whosoever shall receive this child in My name receives Me: and whosoever shall receive Me receives Him that sent Me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.’” Luke 9:46-48 (KJB)
Within the world in which we live there are many who seek to be seen, and known as “The Greatest”. This notion even fell upon the disciples of Jesus; and in many cases; it still does. Jesus was dealing with this in the above verses.
When I was a child there was a man in the sports world who liked to see himself as the greatest; he was the one who used the poetic phrase, “Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee”. He is no longer the greatest, neither was he ever the greatest. He met death as well; and just as every human being will.
Who is the greatest? Jesus answers that question above. Whoever receives a child in His name receives Him, and whoever receives Him receives Him (God the Father) who sent Him. The least among us is the same who shall be great.
Let us think on that one for awhile, believe it, receive it, and do it.