2012-06-29 - What's Your View?
Originally Preached 2009-07-08 ~ Part 1
It is time for a pop quiz. Relax. Breathe. I know some of you just started
having school flashbacks and began hyperventilating but don't stress too
much. I just want you to write down your view on three things. Just answer
three simple questions.
Who is Jesus?
Are you a good person?
What's it take to get to Heaven?
Now you can grade your own papers. We will look at the story of the Rich
Young Ruler to determine the right and wrong answers.
18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good
Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 And
Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.
20 You know the commandments, ' Do not commit adultery, Do
not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and
mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from
my youth." 22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One
thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the
poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad,
for he was extremely rich. 24 And Jesus looked at him and
said, " How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of
God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye
of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26 They who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
27 But He said, " The things that are impossible with people
are possible with God."
28 Peter said, "Behold, we have left our
own homes and followed You." 29 And He said to them, "Truly
I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents
or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will
not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal
This guy had a lot going for him. He was a wealthy ruler. According to the
Matthew version he was young too. He was moral. He knew who to go to for
answers even. He would've fit in nice at just about any of our churches.
He even asked the right person, the right question and got the right answer
but still he was wrong
So let's look at his answers to these three questions.
Who is Jesus? v18-19
First we see that he had the wrong answer about the Savior. He thought Jesus
was just a Good teacher but it was a better good then you and I might think
of anyway. Good was used to describe God in multiple Psalms (Psalm 25:8,
34:8, 86:5, and 106:1). In fact, Jews only used that term for God but this
man came up calling him "Good". So Jesus asks what he meant by good and the
boy is dumbfounded with a deer-in-the-headlights look and has no response.
It was just a nice word that he had heard thrown around maybe like some of
us when we pray using big words. That reminds me of a story about a blonde
who goes to Heaven and is asked by the angel at the gate, "What is God's
She thinks for a moment and then says, "Andy!" The angel is confused and
asks how she came up with that name. She responds simply by singing, "Andy
walks with me. Andy talks with me."
Then there was a little child who went to Heaven and answers the same question
with "Harold - Our Father who art in Heaven. Harold be thy name."
These two people didn't understand these words. They were just big words
someone had taught them as the right thing to say. I use to know a teenager
who when he prayed, did it insincerely using lots of big words and sounds
like one of the old men praying over morning offering. We must believe that
Jesus is God or he is no Savior for he cannot save us if he is a liar.
Until next time ...
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.