When you welcome a little child, you welcome Jesus (Mt 18:5-18:5)

“Whoever welcomes

One such little child,

In my name,

Welcomes me.”

 

καὶ ὃς ἐὰν δέξηται ἓν παιδίον τοιοῦτο ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου, ἐμὲ δέχεται·

 

This saying about the welcoming of the little child and Jesus can also be found in Mark, chapter 9:37, and Luke, chapter 9:48, with some minor changes.  Whoever welcomed, received, or accepted such a little child (καὶ ὃς ἐὰν δέξηται ἓν παιδίον τοιοῦτο) in Jesus’ name (ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου), welcomed Jesus (ἐμὲ δέχεται).  There was no mention of a relationship to the Father that was in other gospel sayings.  Pure and simple, anyone who accepted this little child in Jesus’ name, welcomed Jesus.