“But Jesus said again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God! 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.’ The disciples asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’”
How painful these thoughts must have been to Jesus. He was the Messiah, the Savior of the world – and to think that there would be people that God loved so much who would not be saved from their sins. It must have been a terrible thought for Christ. Here in Mark 10 when the rich young man encountered Jesus, the text says that Jesus “looked at him and loved him.” Jesus gave him the instructions he was seeking and invited him to be one of His disciples – but the young guy was unable to do it. He wasn’t able to sell all his stuff and give it away to the poor. Jesus would say, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”
Two things strike me this morning. 1. I don’t want riches to keep me from the Kingdom. I will continue to submit to the Lordship of Jesus and hold with an open hand what God gives me. 2. There are people who will walk away from Jesus. And as much as it pains me… it pains the Savior infinitely more.
Thank you, Father, that with You all things are possible. Salvation for me and other unlikely people is possible because You did what was impossible for us. You are God and I praise Your Name.