The Faith of an Infant?
January 29, 2023 | Peter Rowan
Passage: Luke 18:15-17
Luke is adamant - you can't do a thing to enter the Kingdom of God! It's grace alone! None of this works stuff. The tax collector gets it better than the Pharisee and the widow understands better than the Rich Ruler. And maybe the ones who get it better than any others are the infants. The Kingdom is for the utterly dependent, it's for those who have to be carried everywhere and spoon fed. It's grace alone!
Competition is just like everywhere we look. Pride follows us all over the place. Where do you fall among others? Right? What clothes do you wear? What schools do you attend? Did you attend? What neighborhood you live in? What job do you have? What skin color do you have? How often does the coach put you into the game? Some places maybe like the church? Who do you vote for what preachers? Do you listen to? You know, sort of First Corinthians chapter one. I follow Paul, I follow Reverend Rob, I follow Peter? Something like that. What Enneagram number are you You know, there's Enneagram righteousness, come on. Are you married? Or are you single? Status, right? There's sort of like a general status of children before God. And then there's more of like a specific status. Okay. So first, the general one. The general status of children before God is that they're part of His creation. That they're humans. And as such, they're made in the very image of God. That it wasn't until actually the creation of humankind in the garden that God could say, very good. That just like every single other human ever, children are made for glory, and dignity, and they have beauty. And that just as creation alone, the Lord has a delight in them, even if they are infants, even if they are infants, with no status in the world, where they were, some people want to toss them off as nothing. Every single person in this world according to Holy Scripture, has dignity. Every single person in this world was made in the image of God. So we ought to decry every action that goes against that truth. We ought to hear Jesus say, "No, bring them to me." Because they are human, they ought to be brought to our Lord. We all ought to decry every form of brutality against any human any kind, right? Whether that brutality comes from black or white police, like it did this week on someone like Tyree Nichols, who was a skateboarder--which I loved. Or whether that brutality comes from the unjust war, like the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, or whether that brutality comes by defending and justifying any kind of abortion, we ought to decry it all. Because the general status of any human, any human infant or whatever, is that they are made in the image of God. And as such, they have great dignity.
The Gospel of Luke is best described by its author in the first four verses of the book: "Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught."