Jesus and His disciples had already passed through Galilee. He had been teaching them, as they walked down the road to Capernaum. They stopped at a house there. Jesus heard them arguing and asked the reason for their argument. They kept silent because they didn’t want to tell Him. He sat down and answered their question about who was the greatest.
He took a little child whom He placed among them. Taking the child in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:30-37, NIV)
Jesus taught and spoke about welcoming people in Mark’s account.
As He put it, anyone who welcomes someone in His name welcomes Him. Additionally, whoever welcomes Him welcomes His Father.
When we welcome people, we welcome not only them but we welcome Jesus and God.
When you enter someone’s home, the resident normally says, “Welcome!”
When you enter a restaurant, there’s usually a host or hostess to greet you and ‘welcome’ you.
There are other places we go throughout our days where we are greeted and welcomed into the establishment.
Then, there are times when we go back to a place we have been before and we are welcomed back.
Whatever the case may be for you here and now, “Welcome!”