The man seeking to know how to attain to eternal life had left.
He had great riches.
He chose the riches.
He was saddened.
He was grieving.
Yet, he chose the riches.
He had great compassion for the man.
He spoke the truth.
Jesus then turned to the disciples.
Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving,
for he was one who owned much property.
And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples,
“How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”
The disciples were amazed at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “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 man to enter the kingdom of God.”
They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?”
Looking at them, Jesus said,
“With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”
Why is it hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom?
Because he trusts in his riches.
He trusts in his abilities.
He trusts in his resources.
He trusts in…anything other than God.
The disciples wanted to know who could be saved.
They realized that we are all “rich” in some way.
We are all richer than 99% of mankind has ever been since creation.
Then how can one be saved?
Jesus told them/us.
With people, in the flesh, it is impossible.
But, with God, all things are possible.
God changes hearts of stones to hearts of flesh.
Entrance into the Kingdom is a work of the Lord.
Rejoice if you have so entered.
Seek if you have not.
All things are possible with God.