Mar 10:17-27, 32-34; Gal 2:20; Luk 19:1-10.
ROMANS-333-120115 - length: 77:58 - taught on Jan, 15 2012
And someone came to Him and said, "Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?"
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
“Follow Me”. That is discipleship.
“Believe in Me” - that’s salvation.
20 The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?"
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
Jesus spoke to jar him from his misplaced confidence in himself.
Instead He gave the young man an impossible assignment that would make the point far more powerfully.
Our Lord purposely set out the challenge to reveal the deceitfulness and self-centered nature of the human heart.
Stop here and this encounter with the Rich Young Man looks an awful lot like the basis for a moral injunction.
At that moment, in my inner chaos, I recognize that I am the rich young man.
But rather than stay in that fit of moral crisis, this story invites us to go somewhere else.
This story invites us to go into the death of the cross.
And as they walk, Jesus begins to tell them about His death and His rising again.
I am the rich young man.
And the only way out is the crucified and risen Christ - who lives in me, and I in Him.
The cross is a burden to us in the same way that wings are a burden to an eagle, or sails to a ship.
This time it is a man by the name of Zaccheus. He is also rich. He is the rich older man.