Mark 10

Sermon for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost October 21, 2018 Pr. Lopez

 

In our Gospel reading Jesus starts by saying

Mark 10:22 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”

 

It is not only in the Gospel reading, but in all the readings today they talk about money.

Should the sermon be about money? The story in or Gospel reading starts on verse 17. This was read last week. Can you remember the Gospel reading for last week?

 

It is about a rich man who comes to Jesus asking for what he needed to do to inherit the kingdom of God. This young man wanted to go to heaven. The encounter of this young man is recorded in three of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

 

It reminds me about buying a car. I always want to get the best deal. I know that by negotiating I could save some thousands of dollars. It only takes time, they always lower the price. So, this young man is negotiating with Jesus, to do less to go to heaven. The Young Man’s Desire for Eternal Life.

 

So, this young man came to Jesus and asked him….. “Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

 

When we study the story the first thing that we see is that this man had an understanding that he currently did not have eternal life because he asks: What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

 

Jesus said: Mark 10:19

  1. know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” Jesus names 6 of out of the 10 commandments. The answer of the young man was fast and clear. He said. “I have practiced all of them since I was a little boy”.

 

The young man wanted a better deal to go to heaven, maybe because he had obeyed them for more than 20 years, Jesus would make him a better deal and only follow 5 commandments.

 

When talking with people are their relationship with Jesus Christ and their salvation I often hear,

“I am not a bad person”

“I don’t steal”

“I try to be good to people”

 

This is where a lot of people are. They are like this young man. And because they have done these things they think they are OK with God and as a result heaven is theirs.

Jesus knew that the young man was…

• A good man

• Kind

• Thoughtful

 

When we look carefully at Jesus’ reply we see that He skips the first three commandments and begins with those relating to those dealing with his relationship with people. The depth of this young man’s religion was very shallow. It was limited to works and human interaction. Jesus truly wanted this man to understand how he could have eternal life.

Then Jesus said to him:

Mark 10:21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

 

The answer Jesus gave this young man was following the first three commandments. Loving God with all your heart. While this young man was doing a pretty good job of keeping the commandments relating to his relationship with people, as many people we know, he was unwilling to love God with everything he had.

 

If we really analyze what Jesus was doing, it was offering this young man a position to be a disciple of God. Jesus said follow me, just as Jesus said to Peter, and to John, to Judas, and to all the twelve. If this man would say yes, he would be the disciple number 13. But he said no, we do not even know his name. His story is short in the Bible.

 

Jesus was not implying that wealth is a bad thing. Intrinsically riches have no moral character; all depends upon the use. Money is good, we need money to do ministry. Jesus needed money to do his ministry. Some wealthy women fed Jesus and the disciples.

 

  1. also was not implying that it is easy for a person that has no riches to enter the kingdom of God. What was saying is..…

 

  1. That the whole battle of a person’s salvation is determined by that which is dearest to the heart.
  2. It’s interesting to note that his choice left him not only discarding Christ’s offer to follow Him, but it also left him unhappy with what he chose over Christ.

 

“He went away grieved.”

He had discovered that he was a slave to his wealth. This is the point Jesus was making. This young man loved way more his possession than God.

 

Jesus said it is easier to for a camel to pass through a needles’ eye than for a rich person to be saved. Money is one of the many things people choose over God.

 

Some other people choose their careers over God, some other people their vacation and free time over God, some other people choose their own knowledge or science over God, not knowing that following God will bring the everything they desire.

 

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

 

It is very interesting the way Peter answered Jesus….

Mark 10:28 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”

 

 

What did Peter leave to follow Jesus? It may not have been as much, but it was all that he had

He left his net and his fishing boat to follow Jesus. The sacrifice is to be measured not by the amount surrendered, but by the love which prompted it. But there was something about Jesus that caused Peter to realize that there was nothing more valuable than to follow Jesus!

 

How much have you left for following the Lord?

 

Maybe the right question would be, how much has Jesus done to save you?

 

God the Father sent his only Son to die on a cross. Jesus gave his life on the cross to pay for your and my sins. The nonguilty for the guilty.

 

The Holy Spirit lives on earth now instead of in his Glory. The Holy Spirit is God and He chose to live on earth in us rather in heaven just to protect us until we make it to heaven.

 

This sermon is not about money, but about priorities. God put us first. The price was high to save us.

 

He paid the price, we belong to Jesus.

 

We are going to partake of his body and blood in a few minutes. This bread and this wine, his body and blood bring eternal life to us. Amen.