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Summary: People want a Saviour, but not a Lord; God will only be Saviour and Lord, nothing less.

PEOPLE ARE WANTING A SAVIOUR – NOT A LORD…

BUT GOD WILL ONLY BE SAVIOUR AND LORD – NOTHING LESS

LET’S EXPLORE THIS STORY FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

This seems to have been a rather unfair encounter with the rich young man – don’t you think?

Perhaps we might feel it was right that Jesus hit him in the pocket – where it would hurt

Perhaps we might nod our heads and agree that – fortunately God has dealt with us as far as riches and wealth are concerned

And we have no problem with money or wealth

But this story goes a little deeper than that

Jesus was not simply addressing this man’s issues with wealth

1. THIS MAN APPEARS TO HAVE COME FOR WISE COUNSEL

Did he think there was something missing?

It may well be

He knew what was required of him in terms of the Law – and was a model Jew, it seems – at least in his own opinion

SO WHY ASK THE QUESTION? “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Was he insecure? Was there a deep hunger for something more? I’M NOT SO SURE

Perhaps he needed some affirmation

Someone to pat him on the back and tell him “Well done!”

Someone of authority who would proclaim what a model citizen of Judaism he was

2. BUT JESUS SHIFTS OUR FOCUS

By shifting this man’s focus

He points to an issue – in this case, his wealth – and makes demands of him

He does not do it to embarrass this man – in V21 – Jesus looked at him and loved him.

Jesus saw into his heart – just as he sees into our hearts as well

In this man he saw all the potential of a person who might be dedicated to God if he was willing to have a Lord as well as a Saviour

NOW – when Jesus makes this demand – are we to suppose that Christ’s demand would save this man? By him giving all his money away?

NO! – Not at all!

He could give everything away – and still be in the same condition

This is typical of many “converts” they say the words of salvation – but their lives deny the presence of a Lord

CHRIST IS PRESENT AS SAVIOUR – ULTIMATELY - ONLY WHERE HE CAN BE PRESENT AS LORD AS WELL

What was going to ultimately work salvation in this man’s life - was the abandoning of self and trust in self, - the leaving behind of the things of this world

…Believing that it was going to be alright after he gave away every visible means of support in this world

Then to follow Jesus in complete trust – to be a disciple – a devoted follower and pupil of Jesus

3. NOW…WE SEE THAT THIS MAN WAS NOT LOOKING FOR A LORD – HE WAS LOOKING FOR A SAVIOUR

After Jesus makes this demand, V22 tells us that he was “SAD” – why?

Because he wanted a Saviour – but not a Lord

But you can’t have one without the other

4. HOW HARD IT IS TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Look at V23-26…

"Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ’How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!’ The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, ’Children, how hard it isb to enter the kingdom of God! 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.’ The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, ’Who then can be saved?’


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