The Delusions of a Righteous Man

And when He was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to Him; and asked Him, "Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"
Mark 10:17-22

The young man ran up to Jesus and asked, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
    “Why do you call Me good?” Jesus answered as the God-Man assessed the situation. “There is none good except God alone.”
    In other words, how “good” do you think you can be?
    Undaunted, the young man kept staring at Him earnestly, so Jesus continued. “You know the commandments…”
    “I have kept all of them all my life,” the young man answered.
    Then Jesus said, “One thing you lack, sell all you have, give it to the poor, then come and follow Me.”
    Suddenly disqualified, the rich young man turned away leaving the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” shattered in his wake.
    Jesus sighed as He watched the young man wander sadly back to his possessions. Then the Lord turned and walked determinedly toward the Cross in the distance to purchase an entrance into heaven for all those who could never be “good” enough.
    “For with God all things are possible.” - Mark 10:23

Copyright 2003 by H.D. Shively

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