IF YOU DON’T NEED GOD, YOU WILL NEVER FIND HIM
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How tough it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were confused by his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how tough it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 They were very much shocked and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God; because all things are possible for God.”
The disciples had thought that wealth was a sign of God’s blessing and approval. Now, they get both a visual demonstration, and commentary by Jesus – indicating that wealth is an actual obstacle to inheriting the future kingdom. They figured that the wealthy had figured life out, and so at least they would make it to the next life. But if Jesus indicated otherwise, they naturally thought all was lost.
figuring life out
Here is where Jesus reveals the level ground upon which the plan of salvation is set. Entrance into the next life is impossible for everyone – but possible by God’s grace. That is what everyone needs to figure out.
LORD, we thank you for your saving grace, and ask you to help us to share the good news of your grace – even to those who think they do not need it.