It Is Impossible
“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.” – Mark 10:25
Jesus spoke those words after talking with a rich young ruler who was convinced surely he had done everything necessary to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Mark 10:17-27). Watching the man walk away, Jesus mused about how hard it is for the rich man to be saved. And He repeated Himself. Not once or twice, but three times – meaning to His Jewish audience that this statement was undeniably true.
The rich in material things. The rich in education. The rich in power. The rich in strength. All these people have the “resources” to support their delusions of self-sufficiency. They are rich enough to be knowledgeable, knowledgeable enough to have power, powerful enough to have strength – and they are too weak to ever save themselves from hell.
The ‘poor’ have no such delusions. They are simple enough to know they don’t know and humble enough to realize their lack of control. Every person – rich, poor, black, white, educated, or illiterate – must come to this place of recognition, “I cannot save myself. But Jesus can and I will trust Him completely.”
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:3).
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