God’s Word Goes Forth: Abide in God’s Love
Matthew 19:13-30: Jesus leaves Galilee, comes into the coasts of Judea, and is followed by great multitudes. First, he blesses little children saying that those who are like children will enter God’s kingdom. Then, he tells a parable about a rich young man. Jesus says that it is very difficult for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus talks about the gift of eternal life to those who have left all for his sake and the Gospel. He also says how many who are first shall be last, and the last first.
Today's Scripture: Matthew 19:14
“Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
13 Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people. 14 Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 He placed his hands on them and then went away. 16 Once a man came to Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me concerning what is good?” answered Jesus. “There is only One who is good. Keep the commandments if you want to enter life.” 18 “What commandments?” he asked. Jesus answered, “Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; 19 respect your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as you love yourself. ” 20 “I have obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else do I need to do?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he was very rich. 23 Jesus then said to his disciples, “I assure you: it will be very hard for rich people to enter the Kingdom of heaven. 24 I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. ” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were completely amazed. “Who, then, can be saved?” they asked. 26 Jesus looked straight at them and answered, “This is impossible for human beings, but for God everything is possible.” 27 Then Peter spoke up. “Look,” he said, “we have left everything and followed you. What will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “You can be sure that when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne in the New Age, then you twelve followers of mine will also sit on thrones, to rule the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake, will receive a hundred times more and will be given eternal life. 30 But many who now are first will be last, and many who now are last will be first.
Reread verse 16. During Jesus’ time, many Jewish people had come to believe in life after death. However, some, like the Sadducees, did not accept the concept of eternal life because it was not described in the Law of Moses. Do you find Jesus’ response to the man challenging? Why or why not?
Loving God, you call us to be like children—innocent, curious, loving and trusting. Let me not chase after the wealth of this world, but work for the glory of your Kingdom. Amen.
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