The greatest gift one can have in this world is being granted the beingness, usurped in childhood. We live in a world where being oneself is viewed as criminal. Each person is expected to agree with the environment. No one is allowed to be Himself. A newly born baby is confronted with the dos and don’ts, throughout his/her childhood. This is a challenge for the entire humanity.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18:3-5 NIV).
Jesus was talking about what was stolen during childhood. Human beings lost everything about themselves in childhood. The grand oppression of humanity is exerted with vengeance, in childhood. It is in childhood that the frailty of humanity gets exposed.
The problems of humanity are a result of not being granted one’s beingness by others. Ordinary people prefer identifying the people they perceive according to what is considered in their surroundings. It is uncommon for anyone in this world, to be granted his/her beingness. Even Jesus became a victim of the falsified identity.
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah (Matthew 16:13-20 NIV).
Simon Peter’s granting of beingness to Jesus, established the foundation of God’s Church. People had all along assumed Jesus to be what He was not. Anyone in this world can testify to being granted the beingness that is different from one’s true beingness.
That behavior is not surprising, as falsehoods are granted credence, rather than truthful information. Parents tend to grant children the beingness that is not theirs. Even Joseph and Mary succumbed to granting Jesus with the beingness that was not His. Falsehood is carried by every human being.
When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:42-49 NIV).
Jesus asserted His beingness when He was still aged twelve. The parents ought to have known that Jesus was the Son of God, considering the miracle of His birth. The parents, like everyone else, still had not yet appreciated that Jesus had His inherent beingness with Him.
Parents claim the ownership of children, who end up becoming what the parents would have not expected them to be. The greatest gift that parents could give to their children is granting them their beingness. However, the accurate description of Jesus’ beingness, by Peter, was to be treated secretively.