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A man came to Jesus with a question that had been ‘nagging’ at him for awhile. “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Frankly, I wish this man’s question nagged at more people than it does. No one seems to be very bothered with the question of ‘eternal life’ anymore. Either because they’ve given up on the whole idea – ‘when you’re dead you’re dead. That’s all there is.’ Or because they believe that ‘eternal life’ is just something that automatically happens after you die.
I wish it were like it was in the days of John the Baptist. “The crowds asked him, ‘What then shall we do?’ ‘And the tax collectors asked, “What shall we do?” And the soldiers asked, ‘what shall we do?’
• In the Old Testament, David in the 15th Psalm asks, “O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1) I wish more people had that question on their lips.
• In the 24th Psalm, he asks the question again, “Who shall ascend to the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?” (Ps. 24:3,4). I wish more people wanted to know?
• In the New Testament, the crowd who witnessed the Pentecost who were ‘cut to the heart’ by Peter’s sermon and ask, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) I wish everyone would be so ‘cut to the heart’ that they could not rest until they got an answer.
• The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30) I wish everyone was like this jailer.
None of these who ask their question do so for the sake of theological discussion or debate. They do so as someone hanging onto the slim edge of the cliff by their fingertips.
“A man RAN UP and KNELT BEFORE Jesus and asked him, ‘good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ I really like this man. I wish that there were a lot more just like him.
This is just how it’s supposed to work. He’s a wealthy man with some standing in the community. He’s got a good wife and the all the kids are on the honor roll. He’s healthy. He’s got life on a string. What more can a person want? Continue reading