I believe every scripture has an esoteric as well as natural explanation but the natural ones are not edifying till one understands the "ROOT" explanation first; then the manifestation makes much more sense:
in that case the least of these would be like when Jesus said "John is the greatest prophet ever born to woman, but the 'least in the kingdom is greater than he":
Dichotomies are never ending in the Bible.
I discern the least in the Kingdom is the one who has entered while those who are not at "least" the least, haven't entered yet so they aren't really brothers or sisters.........unless one is also outside the Kingdom.......then everyone outside is your brother and sister...for sure since you are all outside:
If we do it to the least of these as we do to Jesus it is because we are doing it to one who is IN THE KINGDOM hence he is "joined to Jesus Christ as one spirit" and he is no longer without.......
how easy then is it to recognize one of these "little ones"??
the ones who ENTER into the Kingdom as a child which is the only way one can ENTER?
I think the ego in man spends a lot of time trying to make the ego righteous instead of understanding that the SOUL has to RISE above the ego to be saved out of it
out of the world in other words which is always egoisticlly understood
the church just doesn't preach that message but the time is here........it must happen that the church (soul and mother, brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ) RISES to enter the Kingdom
this is the true meaning of the RAPTURE
here the man-child enters...........and is joined to 'Christ' to sit with him till his enemies are made his footstool
the Bible has a definate order I have been trying to explain for 20 years
thats a LOT OF time that little one in me has been leading my soul to also enter in
the NEW MAN in Christ is no longer a little one.......he has grown in stature to include the whole world into my heart........
I pray for all Jews, Catholics, protestants, every religion and even for the whole world.........and all the creatures and mother earth herself.........
the fathers house is a house of prayer because thats what we are supposed to do here
not take credit for what we do but recognize the one who both wills and does in us and pray to this one whose HOUSE WE ARE........