46 To the least one

Luke 9:46-50
Exodus 32:31-32

T As a problem of the church era

 "And an argument arose among them as to which of them might be the greatest." (46)
 Because there is it, "He (Jesus) resolutely set His face to go to Jerusalem" (51), it will be thought that the text of this morning is the last article in the Galilee times, but, according to the article of Mark (9:33), it will seem to be the time when He came back to Capernaum. Jesus was here only for just several days, and departed for Jerusalem, and probably the disciples would feel the time of Messiah kingdom establishment by Jesus finally came. Ranking of "which of them might be the greatest" is a fight for top in the Messiah kingdom. It is thought it is several months later than this, but there is the article that mother of apostle Jacob and John asked Jesus, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left." (Matthew 20:21). The fight for this top is not at all a sudden thing, but, it continues smoldering among the disciples all the time, and you will know it will be the serious problem that continues after this. Probably, there would be a similar fight in the church of Luke era. He thought this was the big problem of the church era, and laid this article to the pivot leaving from the Galilee district.

 The reason that Luke did not take up this as one scene on the way to Jerusalem but took up it in the last of Galilee times; it is because this will be a problem of our human thoroughly of this world in which we live and act. Possibly, it might be seen like the equinoctial week world, because there is it in the background of Messiah kingdom. How does Jesus feel such a human problem?; I wish to know it matching the consciousness of Luke.


U What is pleased with by God

 "But Jesus, knowing what they were thinking in their heart, took a child and stood him by His side, and said to them, 'Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for he who is least among you, this is the one who is great.'" (47-48) This article is very short, when I compare it with Matthew and Mark. Most Japanese translation omits this word for some reason, but, it seems difficult to understand it, if it is not translated "for" before the last sentence. Matthew and Mark added the message that the one who had made him as a low person (as a small person) in the country of God would be the person who is great (valuable); but, because Luke had all omitted an explanatory thing for the person who makes him low (as a small person), as a result, it would become a very short article. It is thought that he did not want to talk about the advice of the modesty but rather he assembled this article in the center of the first half "Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me", though it seems suddenly because there is not any explanation. He does not seem to feel need to add anything to this part. It is enough because Jesus said, it seems such his thought comes.

 Because there is "What they were thinking in their heart", surely the disciples seemed to be modesty superficially, but a strong wish to arrive at the seat of the top in the kingdom of Jesus by some means or other would swirl in their inside. Now the time of the construction of Messiah kingdom approaches just before, their internal thought seems to come to the front. Jesus saw it through keenly and, not about such a human thing, talked about the much important thing concerned with understanding of the Gospel. Luke would have listen to that message of Jesus. It became the message of Jesus and of Luke in this place, I think. The human modesty is good for nothing before the greed. No, rather should we say that the crime that is covered by the inside of the person by behaving to modesty becomes clear before God? Of course, I do not say that it is bad all to be modest. Therefore He said, "he who is least among you, this is the one who is great.". However, what kind of modesty is pleased by God?, we will have to hear Luke is thinking it highly there.


V To the least one

 The center of Jesus having said, it is "Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me;". I want to think about what this means.

 Because a child is invoked, I must mention "the outlook of the Jew child". It may be "the existence of the goblin" rather than "the angel" whom a Japanese thinks about. Children worship God from goblin existence by being educated and grow up to an independent Jew who fears Him. Of course, Jesus was not seized with such outlook on child... Their education, it lets them learn mainly about their history that a Jew followed God in the guidance of Bible or Talmud, and learn about God. However, will it be exaggerated, if I say that children were not still poisoned in such extremely human legalism even if a Jew fell into it? Children catch God obediently than an adult taught it. When they hear that God did something like this for us, they hear without discounting it a little, and come to love God.

 Because Jesus also had eyes like a child who stared straight at the person with clear eyes, Jesus loved such children very much. Possibly, the child who was made to stand here might symbolize Jesus Own. It seems to be said there that child and Jesus is same and God and Jesus is same. If we hear so it, we can just understand what Jesus said. At the same time, will not it be said that this child is disciples? It is accepted that if we accept disciples we accept Jesus and God. The disciples had to learn that they were called as effigies of such child and Jesus. And, such composition just fits modern us. However, when we superimpose us on this child, can we really assert that the person accepting us accepts Jesus and accepts God? If we are changing our countenance for who acquires a seat of the top, we are unreliable as disciples of Jesus.

 However, even if they heard so it, the disciples were not able to steal out of their own wish. John answered. "Master, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name; and we tried to hinder him because he does not follow along with us." (49) The disciples recognized it as a special privilege that they were gathered in "the name of Jesus". That consciousness would slide to the best special privilege fight for top in the Messiah kingdom. Jesus said, "Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you." (50) and refused such a sense of entitlement. It was a fight that the people living this life wanted by all means, and it was right a fruit of the temptation of the Satan. We who believe Jesus must learn it, "for he who is least among you, this is the one who is great.". Because, the one who crucified Jesus is me who "should be great". We want to imitate Paul who confessed "I was a chief of criminal", Moses who assumed the crime of the people of the countryman and Isaiah.