Anchor of Promise #29 God can do the Impossible!
Luke 18:27-” The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
Jesus just got done speaking to the “rich young” ruler, who had asked Jesus so boldly in front of the crowds “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” This man either inherited his father’s wealth and position or he became a great person through hard work. We see that he was bold enough to ask Jesus in front of all a question but walked away a coward.
Jesus asked him if he knew the Old Testament laws (10 commandments) which in return the man in pride said he kept all the commandments since he was young. So Jesus pin pointed his one weakness. Trust.
He told the man to sell all he possessed and come follow Jesus. The man walked away sad and I’m sure embarrassed. You see he was ready to do whatever it was to get eternal life, and I’m sure he must have thought there was a price tag to it and was ready to buy it. He chose that his riches were more important then to turn to the One who gave him his wealth. He wanted eternal life his way, because he had been in control of so many things, one being his money.
We know there is no prerequisite on eternal life. We don’t have to go sell everything or do anything but by faith believe and accept what Jesus did on the cross was for our sin payment not His own, because He was perfect. But then why did Jesus tell this man to sell all he had?
Jesus has an amazing way of showing us our heart problems. This man completely trusted in his wealth so much that he was willing to turn away from the One who would die for him in just a short time. Jesus left all He had in heaven to come here to earth to be among the “least of us”. He was born not in a palace but in a stinky, cold stable. He didn’t travel around in fancy garments and on a stallion. But by foot with other people that he could be on the same level with and build relationships. He had no place to call His own, but slept wherever He could after He healed and performed miracles all day for countless thousands. He came to serve not to be served. If this rich man knew who He was really speaking to, he would have possibly had a heart change. Jesus left all he had and followed God’s will for His life, to succumb to an agonizing death on the cross. He was publicly shamed, possibly even by those who the day before cried out “Hosanna!”.
The Anchor of Promise today is to help us rest assured that the “impossible for man, but possible for God” is eternal life.
(Romans 3:23- For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.) because we fall short of God’s glory, it is impossible for man to pay for his sins because the debt is so great!
(Romans 6:23- The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.) Thankfully God gave us a way to have our sins paid for, by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All we have to do is by faith believe that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. If we do that then by what God promises in John 3:16, we can have eternal life! (“For God so loved the world, that He sent His one and only Son. That WHOSOEVER BELIEVES in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.) (“That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9) Jesus made the impossible, possible by His sacrifice.
What are you trusting in today to get you to heaven? If it is your wealth or doing “good” then you are deceived. If it were something we could do then Jesus had no point coming and dying for us. Don’t be like the rich young ruler and turn from the simplicity of this truth. Have your anchor set in the work of Jesus that what HE DID is enough for you to accept and take as your payment for your sin debt, to inherit eternal life.