Sunday, 4 December 2016

Jesus Is The Way To Eternal Life.

Mark 10:17-34 
In Exodus 20, following the Ten commandments, there is distance and darkness (Exodus 20:18-21). The law shows us how far we are from God. It shows us how much we have failed God.
Is this what we see in this man? No! It's not. We see pride - "Teacher, I have kept all these from my youth" (Mark 10:20). He thought that he was closer to God than he really was, more pleasing to God than he really was. Where is the confession  and the prayer for forgiveness? It's not there. There is no confession of sin, no prayer for forgiveness. When we read and hear the Law of God, we should not say, "How good I am." We should pray, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner" (Luke 18:13).
We should not call Jesus, "Teacher." We should call Him, "Saviour."
The problem with this man began with the way he asked the question of eternal life - "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17). Salvation is not about what we do for God. It's about what He has done for us. What we cannot do, God does (Mk 10:27) - through Jesus' death and resurrection (Mark 10:33-34). Jesus is the way to eternal life.

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