Greatness in the Kingdom: A Fresh Sermon Animation Featuring Tim Keller

The disciples asked Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” (Matthew 18:1). Jesus responds by pointing to a helpless, innocent child—a person who held one of the lowest places in society.

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3–4).

The world tells us that greatness is something that we have to struggle and compete to achieve. To achieve greatness, we have to spend time with those who elevate our own social standing. There is no room for humility on the path to worldly greatness. But Jesus says that the path to greatness is not rejecting the lowly—it’s welcoming them. With his own life, Jesus modeled this seemingly inverted path to greatness.

The greatest is the one who becomes the lowest. Jesus Christ was tried and executed as a human criminal, though he was equal with God (Phil. 2:6). He’s the greatest in the Kingdom.

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  1. David Benjamin says

    Why do we even want to be great? It is part of our sin nature which started when Adam lorded it over Eve by telling her to “not even touch the tree.”
    Are we even conscious of this drive in us to be great? Jeremiah 17:9 says that the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?
    Even our attempts to be a “servant of all” can be tainted by our pride and ego. Look at me, how humble I am by doing a servants work.
    Draw others to Christ not to yourself.
    SANCTIFY THE LORD GOD IN YOUR HEARTS, and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks the reason for hope in you. Your reason for living is HIM.

  2. says

    Both are needed – (1) truth and (2) correct emphasis. Video is basically true, but lacks emphasis on continuous self-imposed humility, voluntary servant role, pervasive servant attitude, and welcoming the disgusting social/religious consequences of doing that.

  3. says

    Acceptance & Surender leading to a servant heart: "simul justus et peccator". the amazingness of this kept in mind humbles me and its outworking has lead to a growing servant mindset ( not as often though as i wish).

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