The prayer meeting was good. There was a hindrance at the beginning of the meeting so we did warfare and praised God too. I have learned over the years to do what is right and then to leave the rest to God. Then the preaching of the Word followed:

“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17)

In the New Testament there are three men said to be rich:

*The rich young ruler (Mk 10:17-22)

*the rich fool (Lk 12:13-21)

*The rich man with Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31)

It is important to note that all these three went to hell!

The rich young ruler has everything men wish for: youth, authority and wealth. Many young men are poor and jobless. By the time they get rich they are old and cannot ‘enjoy’ the money. But this one ‘had it all’ in the world. Yet, he lacks on thing, the most important thing of all: eternal life. If a man gains the whole world and loses his soul, it profits nothing. The word ‘lack’ means to be inferior, deficient, to fall short of a normal standard, to be in want, to be left behind. Deficiency means to lack a necessary quality, to be imperfect.

This is a good thing: he wants to have eternal life. Muslims think of heaven as a natural place where the natural desires are fulfilled. The new age religion describes eternal life as reincarnation. The believers in Jesus Christ, we know what eternal life is! To know God! It means to go to heaven, the place where God dwells. This man too wants to go to heaven. He has heaven on his mind, but sadly he goes away to hell. There is no report that he was saved later. He wanted to ‘inherit’ eternal life. In other words, he wanted to be a son to Jesus, just like Elisha wanted to be the heir to Elijah. He is confused: he thinks of eternal life as something ‘to do’. He thinks salvation is of works.

Jesus responds with a rebuke. Obey the commandments of God! Jesus presents to him the last five commandments. These speak about the relationships between men. The young man confidently answers that he has kept ‘all of these since youth’. He is either ignorant or proud. Jesus looks and loves this man. Jesus is the friend of sinners. He confronts this foolish proud man with his lack, the hindrance why he cannot have eternal life. Jesus gives him clear commands to expose his love for material things and the need to have a relationship with God. He commands him to do the following: Go- Sell- Give- Come- Take up your cross- then Come and Follow Me! Jesus said that if you do these, you shall be rich indeed and have great treasure in heaven.

But the man ‘was sad at this word’ and goes away. You can see that money do not bring happiness. “But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Mk 10:22). In Greek, the word ‘sad’ means gloomy, depressed or hateful. The ‘word’ is ‘logos’ something said, preaching, doctrine, utterance, God’s revelation in Christ. This young man became depressed when he heard the Word of God. The idea of treasures in heaven made him sad.  He stands face to face with Christ, his only hope for eternal life. He has arrived at the gate of heaven. He becomes sad at God’s Word and from that gate made of pearls, he sadly goes away. Where to? Leaving Jesus, where do you to? It is only to perdition and despair!

We prayed and made a vow this evening, that no matter what, we shall never forsake Jesus Christ, our Savor and Lord, the Word of God made flesh! Never ever we shall draw back to perdition! So help us God!

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