And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBLUQmShmyk

Who is good enough to merit or deserve salvation? Nobody! Not you and not me, not anyone! —“There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10-12) and “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). God’s Word shows there are no “excuses, and to show(s) that the entire world is guilty before God.” (Romans 3:19). “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isaiah 64:6). Whoever we are, rich or poor or somewhere in between, we cannot be good enough or do anything good that would get us into a relationship with God or get us to heaven.   Nothing! The rich man mentioned above thought he had kept the 10 commandments… or at least the ones Jesus mentioned. But the man had broken the very first one by not having God as his first priority (Matthew 22:37-40). Instead his wealth was more important. This can be seen when Jesus, God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14), invited the man to sell his wealth and follow Him. The man went away sad. Why?   It was because his wealth was more important to him than Jesus was. When Jesus said, “It is hard for a rich man to enter heaven” his disciples asked— “Who then can be saved?” Jesus responded that “with man this was impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


Jesus then told them how He was going to be brutalized and killed, but then rise again the third day. They did not understand and unless you understand what Jesus has done for you through the cross and resurrection, you cannot be saved. If anything is more important to you than Jesus then you cannot be saved. Understand this— “No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—so that they should live on forever and not see decay” (Psalm 49 7-9). But the eternal Son of God made redemption possible through His precious blood shed on the cross (I Peter 1:19). What will you do about it? Whoever calls on the Name of the Lord Jesus will be saved! (Romans 10:13).   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD6khv6pGkw&t=28s Call on Jesus today!


Dear Father I am so grateful that You brought me to the place of understanding that I was not good and only You are. Thank You for showing me what Jesus did for me at the cross and through the resurrection.   Though Your Holy Spirit’s power may I now live faithfully for Jesus.

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