1/1/16 If Important People Can’t Get In, How Can We Get In?

Jesus shakes His head in sorrow for this man whose possessions have become more important that his own eternal soul.  He looks at His apostles and says, “It is very difficult for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  It is difficult for anyone, but especially so for the rich.  In fact, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”  His apostles are astounded at this.  In Jewish culture, the rich are considered the most blessed by God, and therefore closest to Him.  James asks, “If this is so, how can anyone in the whole world gain eternal life?”  Jesus looks all around Him and says, “There is nothing you can do on your own to gain eternal life.  It is impossible!  But with God, all things are possible.  God can easily do what is impossible for humans.”  Peter, ever bold and blunt in his words, reminds Jesus, “Rabbi, we have left everything we have to follow You.”  Jesus nods in acknowledgment and replies, “I know what you have given up to be My apostles.  I tell you the truth:  you will receive eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven because you have given your hearts to Me, and you will also receive a return on your material investment – 100 times more than you have given up for Me in family or property.  Remember, many people who are considered rich and powerful now will not even be remembered in the life to come.  But those who seem to be of least importance now will be looked up to with great admiration then.”

Matthew 19:23-30, Mark 10:23-31, Luke 18:24-30

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