Mar 10:17-27, 32-34; Gal 2:20; Luk 19:1-10; Joh 14:20,23.
ROMANS-335-120119 - length: 62:12 - taught on Jan, 19 2012
Our Lord purposely set out the challenge to reveal the deceitfulness and self-centered nature of the human heart.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
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.
This rich one is older and wiser. So he does not go away sad but he keeps going on ahead until something from God is provided for him.
The rich young man grieved at this point because he is afraid that he may never be able to change himself in this area. The possibility mortified him.
On the other hand, Zaccheus was a tax collector. A chief sinner. So he was totally convinced that he could not change himself.
Sometimes we just have to notice how Jesus is looking at us.
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Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him”.