MUSINGS – November 07, 2018


Mark 10:23-27
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for rich people to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were stunned by his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” This amazed his disciples more than ever. They asked each other, “Who, then, can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “It’s impossible for people to save themselves, but it’s not impossible for God to save them. Everything is possible for God.”

Who, then, can be saved?” That is the question isn’t it? Or maybe more to the point, who can not be saved? Are there those who are beyond redemption? I can certainly think of some from history or even the nightly news who seem to be pure evil.

But, Romans 5:6-10 answers that question for us. Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people. Finding someone who would die for a godly person is rare. Maybe someone would have the courage to die for a good person. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us. Since Christ’s blood has now given us God’s approval, we are even more certain that Christ will save us from God’s anger. If the death of his Son restored our relationship with God while we were still his enemies, we are even more certain that, because of this restored relationship, the life of his Son will save us.

While we were sinners, while we were still God’s enemy, Christ died for all of us without exception.* And having been set free we are to be his followers, his servants, his friends, and his family. We are to continue spreading the good news that Jesus saves.

*Hebrews 10:10

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