By Rev Stanley Baker
Matthew 19: 16—22
This morning I want to talk to you for just a little while about when everything goes the other way.
In our text we see a young rich man that has come to Jesus and says;
Good Master, What good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
The first thing out of Jesus mouth was, why do you call me Good?
Then he proceeds to tell the young man that there is none good but one.
And that is none other but God.
Jesus tells the man, if thou wilt enter into life, and keep the commandments. ( what was Jesus telling him)
Jesus was telling him
Don’t commit adultery
Don’t bear false witness
Honor thy father & mother
And Love thy neighbor as thy self
But you also have to be perfect in your belief ( in other words don’t falter)
Go and sell what you have and follow me ( give it all up for me, because you will not need it, for I will provide for you)
What else could need, oh sure you need food but Jesus is the only food you need for your soul
The man did not like what he heard and went his own way.
This young man made Four mistakes right off the bat
(1) his first mistake was to take Jesus as a good man
He is either a good man or he is either God,
he can not or is he ever just the good man he is GOD
(2) his second mistake was about the way of eternal life,
supposing that it could be earned,
you can not earn your way into heaven you must be SAAVED
(3) his third mistake was about himself think that he had kept the Law
the Law will not get into heave you must again be SAVED by the GRACE Of Jesus Christ
(4) his fourth mistake was his most tragic, he did not do what Jesus said, he went back to what he was when Jesus said Follow Me
You can not live in the world and serve Christ at the same time you have to serve one master or the other
or in other word you must serve the Devil or Jesus Christ
Jesus told his disciples that with God all things are possible,
And that he was offered up for the world of all sinners, even for the salvation of the rich.
You can not think that your doing good will get you into heaven
But the only way to that place we call just beyond the river can only be gotten to by the way of Jesus Christ and the cross because he and only he was crucified for all the sins of the world.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you,
That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
You must take what God gives you and leave the world behind or suffer the way that you will go.
( in other words you can not serve the world and Jesus, don’t let your flesh get in the way or between you and Jesus Christ)
Hell is real and you are playing with it if you are not careful you will get burned
Wait a minute, if you look at Marks version of this account you will find that this young man did not only come to Jesus, but he Kneeled at his feet when he asked the question.
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
I am here this morning top tell someone;
You cannot kneel at the cross and go back into the world as you were and think you are going to heaven but rather
you had better get your heart right and come to the cross and stay under the Grace of Christ.
Time is running out and you are still playing around?
God is real
Hell is real and you don’t want to go there.
The wicked shall be turned into hell,
Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, it into cast into hell.
if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it into hell
Don’t do what the rich man did
Don’t make the same mistakes he made
Do not stay in the world, for it is not worth it.
Fear what will happen to you,& don’t play around with your soul.
And fear not them, which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him, which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear:
Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Hell is real
Satan has come to Kill, Steal and destroy, that’s all he does and he’s good at it.
Hell is real
God will not even forgive the angles that sin
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
what will he do to you, are you any better?
I am going to close with this statement;
The rich man made a great mistake
He took his worldly passions over Christ
He mistook Christ for a Good man rather than God
He mistook the way of eternal life
Then he did not heed the words
(Come Follow Me )
Which Way do you think he went?
Which Way do you want to go?
Which Way are you headed?
This Morning I am offering you another Way
This morning I am offering you the Way of the Cross
This Morning could be your last chance to make it in
Come and kneel at his feet
Come and follow Christ
This Morning I ask you one more time