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Jesus -- the Messiah #21


Read Mark 10:17 - 34

The Rich Young Man

17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’’”

20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

28 Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”

29 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Jesus Again Predicts His Death

32 They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”


v. 10:21-23 – For this young man, it was his great riches that prevented him from
making the full commitment to Jesus’ struggle for righteousness.  Jesus’ command to “sell everything you have and give to the poor” was not intended to be taken literally.  His command was for the young man to decide what his priorities were in life.  As Jesus had said earlier, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?.” (8:36)

v. 10:27 - Jesus made it clear that He did not want people to despair over His call to
commitment.  Those in God’s service are in His care.  “All things are possible with God.”

Is there anything overwhelming in your life that makes you hesitate to accept Jesus’ call to God’s struggle of love for righteousness?  It may seem overwhelming for you, but “nothing is impossible for God” in your life.

vv. 10:29-31 – Once again, Jesus is not commanding His disciples to leave home and
family in order to join His battle for righteousness.  In other gospel accounts also, it is clear that we must have our priorities clear also in respect to our family.  Sometimes in order to be faithful to Jesus’ call we must leave the attitudes and allegiances that we were raised with.

vv. 10:32-34 – Jesus knew the battle with Satan that lay before Him.  His disciples sensed
that the climactic hour was coming, and Jesus Himself tried to prepare them for what to expect.

What do you think about Jesus’ attitude of self-sacrificing service?


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