6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
8 “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. 9 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.
10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
Yes, Jesus did speak on the unpopular subject of hell. Notice however, that Jesus spoke on hell in conjunction with punishment related to the turning of the hearts of children from God. The word “offence” is the word we get “scandal” or “scandalize” from. Jesus knew that children’s hearts could be scandalized, caused to be turned away, from Him and His love. A child is born to love and to be loved but, as we all know, children can become kind people, or they can become very hard people. What changes those little hearts? Jesus said that offences, scandals of life, can cause the heart of a little one to turn away.
Oh, how painful it is to watch a young heart turn from soft and caring to hard and rebellious. Yes, the sin of our own hearts plays a great part in our shaping, but Jesus said that there are people who also have a part in hardening the hearts of the young. It is those who cause a young heart to turn away that Jesus places the judgment of hell fire upon in this discourse. Hell is so bad that Jesus tells us that it is better to live life without a hand or without an eye than to enter into hell having been led astray.
Then in verse 10 Jesus makes another comment on His heart toward the children telling us that their angels always see the face of the Father in heaven. Children are known in the presence of God! God sees their little lives, loves them, and wants them brought to Himself. It was Jesus who told the disciples to let the little children come to Him for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus next statement here is that He came to save those who were lost.
God loves the children of this world. We have children’s outreach and children’s Bible clubs and teen groups because God loves children. When we have God’s Holy Spirit in us, we too love the children looking past their annoyances to their need of the Savior.
We had a hurried trip to BJU to see Stefani. College is a whole new way of life for young people. Pray for all of our college students who are dealing with academics, music lessons, rehearsals, practices, events, work, and more. Those who endure and finish the rigors of college are better prepared for life’s pressures and schedules. Pray that our students will keep it up for their good and for God’s preparation of their hearts for life.
Have a great day in the Lord,