Lasting Truth

**... the last shall be first, and the first, last** (Matthew 20:16).

Matthew 20:16
Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalms 145:2-3,8-9,17-18; Phillipians 1:20-24,27; Matthew 20:1-16

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There are many lasting truths about life that children learn on their own. Among them …

No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.

When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair.

You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.

The best place to be when you’re sad is grandma’s lap.1

And there are many lasting truths about life that children of all ages find it difficult to learn on their own. Chief among them is the truth Jesus imparts to His disciples in today’s Gospel Lesson:

… the last will be first,
and the first, last (Mt. 20:16).

This teaching is attributed to Jesus in several places in the Gospels. Quite honestly, it evokes an uncomfortable feeling in most of us. It turns us off because it presents us with an image of weakness. We’re not interested in anything that seems to suggest that we become “milquetoasts.” “Milquetoast,” as you know, is the word for…

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