Mark 10: 17-31

Deacon Jeramy provides a sermon with a different take.

The Rich Man (ESV)

17 As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.19 But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’[a]

20 “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.”

21 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard[b] to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, 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!”

26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

27 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”

28 Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

29 “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, 30 will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. 31 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.[c]

Mark 10:1-12

            Mark 10:1-12 deals with a particularly hard and painful subject….divorce. It’s a hard subject today, and it was 2000 years ago when the Pharisees brought up the subject to try and trip Jesus up. But Christ was not interested in debating Law, He wanted to get to the point of what God desired for us since the beginning. Jesus pointed to how in marriage two are made one flesh, just as Eve was taken from Adam’s flesh in the beginning.

            When God first made Eve, He said: “It is not good for man to be alone.” Because God made us to be relational creatures, just as He is relational. We need relationship, whether in marriage, or family, or friendship. God did not intend for us to break such relationships. But we do, all the time. With each other, and with God as well. But in being reminded of this grim reality, it is important for us to remember why Jesus came in the first place: to bring grace for all the times we have broken what God never intended for us to break.