Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life? Then who can be saved?

Tim Bruster 2014_web 150Dear Friends,

Our series, Questions People Asked Jesus continues this Sunday in our Sanctuary worship at 9:30 and 11:00 with a couple of questions found in Matthew 19:16-26 — one from a searching, wealthy young man and the other from Jesus’ confounded disciples.

The young man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus said, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There’s only one who is good. If you want to enter eternal life, keep the commandments.” The man said, “Which ones?” Jesus answered, “Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. Honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The young man replied, “I’ve kept all these. What am I still missing?” Jesus said, “If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away saddened, because he had many possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I assure you that it will be very hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. In fact, it’s easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter God’s kingdom.” When his disciples heard this, they were stunned. “Then who can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them carefully and said, “It’s impossible for human beings. But all things are possible for God.”

What a difficult and important conversation for that young man and for those disciples — and for us! Go and sell what we own? Do we really have to give up our stuff to enter the kingdom, to inherit eternal life, and to have treasure in heaven? For that young man at that point in his life, this was too much even to consider. So, what about us?

And then there’s the whole notion of what is possible. Jesus’ answer to the who can be saved disciples’ question of is such good news: “It’s impossible for human beings. But all things are possible for God.” But, do we hear that good news? Does it impact our lives?

I look forward to exploring this together on Sunday in our sanctuary worship. In preparation for Sunday, I invite you to read Matthew 19:16-26. Click here to read Matthew 19:16-26.

I’ll see you on Sunday!

Grace and Peace,

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