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
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"
We should not call Jesus, "Teacher." We should call Him, "Saviour."
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
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