2020-06-26 - What's Your View?
Originally Preached 2009-07-08 ~ Part 1
It is time for a pop quiz. Relax. Breathe. I know some of you just started having school flashbacks and began hyperventilating, but don't stress too much. I just want you to write down your view on three things. Just answer three simple questions.
Now, you can grade your own papers. We will look at the story of the Rich Young Ruler to determine the right and wrong answers.
Luke 18:18-27 (ESV) 18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" 19 And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments, ' Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." 22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." 23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. 24 And Jesus looked at him and said, " How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For 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." 26 They who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" 27 But He said, " The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."
This guy had a lot going for him. He was a wealthy ruler. According to the Matthew version, he was young, too. He was moral. He even knew whom to go to for answers. He would've fit in nicely at just about any of our churches. He even asked the right person, the right question, and got the right answer - but still he was wrong
So let's look at his answers to these three questions.
I Who is Jesus? v18-19 First we see that he had the wrong answer about the Savior. He thought Jesus was just a Good teacher, but it was a better good then you and I might think of anyway. Good was used to describe God in multiple Psalms (Psalm 25:8, 34:8, 86:5, and 106:1). In fact, Jews only used that term for God, but this man came up calling him "Good". So Jesus asks what he meant by good, and the boy is dumbfounded, with a deer-in-the-headlights look and has no response.
It was just a nice word that he had heard thrown around, maybe, like some of us when we pray using big words. That reminds me of a story about a blonde who goes to Heaven and is asked by the angel at the gate, "What is God's name?"
She thinks for a moment and then says, "Andy!" The angel is confused and asks how she came up with that name. She responds simply by singing, "Andy walks with me. Andy talks with me."
Then there was a little child who went to Heaven and answers the same question with "Harold - Our Father who art in Heaven. Harold be thy name."
These two people didn't understand these words. They were just big words someone had taught them as the right thing to say. I use to know a teenager who, when he prayed, did it insincerely by using lots of big words and sounds like one of the "old men" praying over morning offering. We must believe that Jesus is God, or he is no Savior - for he cannot save us, if he is a liar.
Until next time…
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.