Question Jesus Asked[14]: Why do you ask me about what is good?

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Read: Why do you ask me about what is good? (Matthew 19:17)

Examine:  Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”

 He placed his hands on them and then went away.

Once a man came to Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what good thing must I do to receive eternal life?” “Why do you ask me concerning what is good?” answered Jesus. “There is only One who is good. Keep the commandments if you want to enter life.” “What commandments?” he asked.

Jesus answered, “Do not commit murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not accuse anyone falsely; respect your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” “I have obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else do I need to do?”

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven; then come and follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he was very rich.

Jesus then said to his disciples, “I assure you: it will be very hard for rich people to enter the Kingdom of heaven. I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”

When the disciples heard this, they were completely amazed. “Who, then, can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked straight at them and answered, “This is impossible for human beings, but for God everything is possible.” Then Peter spoke up. “Look,” he said, “we have left everything and followed you. What will we have?”

Application: The question Jesus asked – “Why do you ask me concerning what is good?” – Jesus taught keeping commandment is critical as God alone is good. We have no one to model, it is only Jesus who we need to follow. Following section when rich man had to walk away as Jesus asked him to sell everything.

Decision: Lord Jesus, let me follow only you alone, always model the life of Jesus. Let me absolutely obey even if it is painful. Lord like disciples asked, even I am thinking how can someone be saved and live a sanctified life, Lord I trust in your answer – “This is impossible for human beings, but for God everything is possible.”

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