” Jesus beheld them, and said to them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. ” Matthew 19: 26.
Jesus beheld them…
We can surely conceive something of the expression of that look. He had gazed thus on the young ruler and read his inner weakness ( covetousness: to put to death therefore what is earthly in us: sexual immorality, impurity, passion of money, desire to have what belongs to another,etc…) – Proverbs 28: 20 ” A faithful man is rich with blessings; but one who is eager to be rich will not go unpunished. ” Now in like manner he reads that of the disciples; and the look, we may believe tells of wonder ( something that causes amazement or awe ), sorrow ( unhappiness ), tenderness ( a tendency to express warm, compassionate feelings ), anxiety ( an unpleasant state of mental uneasiness, nervousness, apprehension and obsession or concern about some uncertain event ). Those feelings expose themselves in the words that follow, partly in direct teaching, partly in symbolic promises, partly in a parable.
With men this impossible… Jesus said to him, ” If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me. ” Matthew 19: 21.
General as the words are in their form, we cannot help feeling that they must have seemed to the disciples to have rebuked their careless judgement, not only as to the conditions of salvation ( the engaged process to follow Jesus with our entire life ) generally, but as to the individual case before them. He, the Teacher, would still hope, as against hope, for one in whom He had seen so much to love and to admire – Hebrews 12: 2 ” Looking away from all that will distract us and focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith…” Their wider teaching is, of course, that wealth, though bringing with it many temptations, may be so used, though God’s grace, as to be a help, not a barrier, in that deliverance from evil which is implied in the word ” salvation “.
- to be rich: a rare privilege to give in Jesus name;
- faith in Jesus Christ: imitator’s welfare;
- the design of deliverance: Jesus;
- why we must praise and worship our Lord Jesus.