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Hope for all in Christ

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church about 1 year ago | 826 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In chapters 18 and 19, Luke presents us with two individuals who confronted Jesus but had very different outcomes.  Jesus commented on each of them.  One walked away and one believed, but Jesus gave hope in each case.

First, Luke tells us about a rich ruler who came to Jesus, calling Him “Good Teacher”, and asking how to inherit eternal life.  Jesus initially speaks of the man’s way of addressing Him and said there is no one good but God.  The rich ruler didn’t really understand the full meaning of goodness and didn’t know that the one to whom he was speaking truly was God.  His subsequent remarks showed that he had a false understanding of goodness.

When Jesus told him to keep the commandments, he stated that he had done that.  Jesus could see that the obstacle in the way of this man’s discipleship was his wealth.  It apparently had become his idol.  So, Jesus told him to sell what he had and become a follower.  The man walked away sorrowful because he was very rich. 

Jesus’ comment was that it’s very hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

Next, Luke introduces us to Zacchaeus, who was also wealthy from tax collecting. But when he met Jesus, he said he would give half his goods to the poor and restore fourfold to anyone he had defrauded. 

Jesus’ comment was that salvation had come to him.  Jesus could see into Zacchaeus’ heart as well as the rich ruler’s heart.  He knew the difference in response in these men to meeting the Savior.  One walked away and the other was saved.

Yet Jesus gave hope in each case.  After the rich ruler left Him, Jesus said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”  There is hope for all because God is able to perform the impossible with a heart.  God can remove any idol and replace it with Himself.  He can change every heart no matter how hard.

In Zacchaeus’ case, Jesus comment at the end was, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.  For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Again, He made it clear that there is hope for all because He is seeking and saving the lost.  He is able to save anyone because He is able to change the heart. 

There is hope for all in Christ no matter how hard the heart.  May we pray to God for a heart change in everyone lost person we contact.  May we pray to God for a true change in our own hearts even though we know the Savior.  May the God of the impossible answer our prayers.


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