Rich Young Ruler
Originally scheduled for August 4
one of those incidents in the Bible that touches the soul of every
man. The rich young ruler comes to Jesus with a question. But it’s
no ordinary touch of theology; it is in fact the question that all
of us long to have answered. What must I do to gain eternal life? It
implies that the young man knows that he is lacking something — and
that Christ knows what is lacking.
tests him with what might be considered the standard questions of
“ordinary holiness.” Has he been obeying the commandments? Has he
done those things commanded by the law; both positive and negative?
The young man passes this test — he is indeed one of the good guys.
But as Christ points out, he’s missing one thing: total commitment
to Christ. Jesus tells him to sell everything, give it to the poor
and follow Him.
Interestingly, the rich young man does not challenge Jesus by asking
for where he got the authority to say such a thing. He recognizes
the righteousness of Christ’s answer. We might take a look at this
“God in the flesh.” As such, he has the authority to command
obedience from his creation. Later he will tell us that all
authority has been given to him, in heaven and on earth.
Jesus know this is the right answer? It is because he is the agent
who created all things. He knows what makes people tick. He designed
also this: Jesus gave us everything he had, all that he is, when he
died on the cross. There is no greater love. If you are his
follower, that is the measure of the love you must have for Him.
Communion is a reminder of these things. Remember that the body and
the blood are portrayed in the bread and the cup. When you partake
of these things, you proclaim the physical nature of Christ. Fully
God, fully man, he walked in the flesh like we do. You proclaim that
Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, was and is God in the flesh.
acknowledge in communion that Jesus created all things. That means
that you acknowledge the we borrow the concept of existence from
him, for he is the self existent one, the creator God. Our God is an
you acknowledge that he gave all for us, the supreme display of
love. This being so, should you not respond with your total
commitment to him? Something to think about.