Summary: Sermon on rich Young ruler that is evangelistic
THE RICH YOUNG RULER - THE MAN WHO LEFT GRIEVED
TEXT - Mark 10: 17 - 22
INTRO. - There have been many sermons preached on the Rich
Young Ruler. They have been titled "The Fatal Refusal" and
"The Man Who had Everything but the Main Thing" among others.
Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record the incident.
You cannot read this passage without a touch of
sorrow in your heart. There is a loneliness, a heartache, a
chill in vs. 22 - "he went away". It was not that Jesus
pushed him away, refused him, disqualified him, or saw some
soiled page in his past that would make it impossible to
accept him as a disciple. This young man on the contrary
held his destiny in his own hand. Having the power to say yes
or no, he turned his back on Christ and refused to follow
His story is one of the most disappointing in all
the New Testament. The reason is because we know of no
single man that came into personal contact with Jesus during
his earthly ministry who was richer in possibilities. No man
has a more hopeful beginning than this man. Therefore it is
all the more sad to see this man who in one moment is running
to Jesus and kneeling at his feet and the next minute is
walking away from Jesus with sadness in his heart.
I WANT US TO LOOK FOR A FEW MINUTES AND NOTICE FIRST THE MANY
GOOD QUALITIES THIS MAN PRESENTS AND THEN SECONDLY I WANT US
TO LOOK AT SOME LESSONS TO BE LEARNED.
I. NOTICE THE MAN’S GOOD QUALITIES
1. He was EAGER - vs.17
He came running to Jesus. He had apparently made up his
mind. He must get to Jesus. No time must be lost. Oh, for
more people like this. Too many linger like Lot or are
waiting for a more convenient day like Felix. Whatever you
say about this young man, at least he was eager.
2. He was HUMBLE - vs.17
He knelt before Jesus. He knew that Jesus commanded
respect. This was unusual with the difference in social
station and dress between him and Jesus. Here the rich and
powerful knelt before the poor and lowly. Oh, for more
respect and reverence like this for the things of God
among the young people of our day as well as the older.
3. He had COURAGE
He ran when no one else ran. It is easy to run with the
crowd. It is harder to run alone. Here was a man alone.
Nobody else in his social circle was a fellow disciple of
Jesus. Here was a rich ruler wanting to join a group of
poor fishermen. It took courage to come to Jesus that day
and it will take courage for you to come to Jesus today.
4. He showed DISCERNMENT and REVERENCE - VS.17
He called Jesus "Good Master". He saw in Jesus what many
failed to see. He saw the goodness and holiness of God. He
showed a reverence to what he saw. Oh, how we need more of
this in this day in which we live.
5. He had SPIRITUALITY - vs.17
"What shall I do..." He had a concern for spiritual
things. He came with a solemn, urgent, vital, spiritual
question. Here is a man concerned about his eternal soul.
We do not see much of this today. Notice also that nobody
went to him about his soul. He went to Jesus.
6. He was MORALLY CLEAN - vs.20
Here is a morally clean young man with power and
authority. There are no bad habits to stain him. There is
no shady past to deal with. He is not a sassy, hippy,
free-love, rebel. He would make a good citizen and fine
neighbor. He is the type of man a city council would want
for their mayor. Many a mother would like to see her
daughter marry a man like this. many a church would put
this man into a church office.
7. He was RELIGIOUS - vs.19-20
Religious but lost. He fasted, tithed, went to church,
knew the law, but was not born again. He had a hunger in
his soul but he was not saved. He is like the average 20th
Century American church member.
8. He was WEALTHY - vs.22
Money does not bring happiness. The bible does not condemn
money but the love of it. What possibilities this man’s
wealth could have done for the Kingdom of God had it been
dedicated and put to work for God. Have you dedicated your
money to God?
9. He was YOUNG - Matt.19:20 tells us this.
This man was young and came to Jesus. He did not want to
sow his wild oats first and then turn to God. He was not