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The Maker of All and His Authority
Jesus Teaches the Young Ruler
The Lord Jesus Christ is being attacked from all sides again. It never ends. His Lordship is in all sixty-six books of the Bible. But even here at Hubpages you read attacks against Him, which is an attack against our Father which we take personally. Let's look at how Jesus handles the rich young ruler who approaches the Father to ask about eternal life.
He apparently has everything else he needs and Jesus hits him where his heart is: in possessions Jesus Christ knowing everything gives him a radical imperative (command or order).
So Jesus says to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. You know the commandments, 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' Honor your Father and Mother.'"
And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth."
So Jesus when He heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful for he was very rich. (Luke 18-23)
Jesus clearly gave this rich young ruler a test that went straight to the heart of the matter, but in this case the one that prevented him from making the commitment he desperately needed to make. In this case, he walks away and clings from what he has in this life.
He challenges Jesus Christ authority of knowing his heart and the young ruler failed the test.
All Authority on Heaven and Earth
Jesus Has All Authority, and Gets Right to the Central Issue
During the Lord's time with Zacchaeus he had pledged to give half of his possessions to the poor and to repay those he had defrauded four times what he had taken. Immediately afterwards, Jesus Christ declared that good stewards will be rewarded. God rewards good stewardship multiplying the influence of godly leaders.
Jesus spent time with Zacchaeus who was a Chief tax collector for the Romans. He was not very popular with the Jews because of this, but had amassed quite a fortune. But his heart was in the right place when Jesus Christ asked him to sell what he had as opposed to the rich young ruler who would not through greed and short sightedness.
The Name of Jesus is Authority
But What Do You Think?
Matthew emphasis put's each judgment parable teaching us the importance of obedience to salvation. They also pronounce judgment on the religious leaders for their self-serving attitudes–and their faithlessness. This is something we all have to guard against.
Matthew 21:28-32. But what do you think?
(Matthew 21.28) “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first, and said, ‘Son, go work today in my vineyard.’ (Matthew 21.29) He answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind, and went. (Matthew21. 30) He came to the second, and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I go, sir, (Greek: κύριος—Lord or sir) ‘but he didn’t go. (Matthew 21.31) Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to him, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Most certainly I tell you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering into the Kingdom of God before you. (Matthew 21.32) For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. When you saw it, you didn’t even repent afterward, that you might believe him.”
Jesus Christ Teaching
Because Their Sins Were Obvious to Them.
Jesus asks a second question, “But what do you think?” (Matthew 21.28). Like a game of dodgeball they have dodged the Lord's question about John’s authority one time, but they cannot dodge this one. You find this parable only in the Gospel of Matthew and it gives two clear responses to God’s call.
The first son says, “I will not” (Matthew 21.29), but changes his mind and does what is needed. The second son says, “I go, sir” (Matthew 21.30), but does not go. Both sons are guilty of violating the commandment, “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12).
You judge which son has done the most harm, if at all? Sin is Sin. Israel has a habit of getting it right on the second try as well. This is just like a lot of us, me included, who tend to get things right on the second, third, fourth, etc. times.
So, Israel getting it right on the second try is not that bad, if we stop to think about it.
Jesus Christ our Father
Belief Will Always be Accompanied by Changes in Lifestyle.
Jesus Christ told a story about the landowner who gave three men money to invest, spend, or save as each saw fit, and the landowner was going to repay each according to how wisely they had wisely each had the money he had given each.
I cannot speak for the rest of the world, even though I am in the several million mile club having worked on the airline industry for over five years flying thousands of files per year on a regional airline.
But it would seem that each of us would invest as wisely as we could during our life times so that when we stand before a righteous God we would have a clear conscience.But life has a way of bogging things and making them unclear a bit of the time.
We may think about God at the end of the day, but it is also the time of day when we are tired and thinking is not as sharp. Perhaps it would be better to set time aside for God each morning before everyone else gets up and begins to speed things up?
All Authority Belongs To Jesus Christ
Jesus Loves Us When We Are Open
But Jesus opens the door widely to tax collectors and prostitutes. The Good News is not that God will ignore sinners’ sinful ways, but that they, knowing their sins, are candidates had responded gladly (Matthew 3.1-6).
His word for the Pharisees and Sadducees while balanced, was harshed. They had come out of show for the crowd rather than a spirit of repentance which would have been the right thing to do. Jesus called them the” offspring of vipers” (Matthew 3:7).But Jesus even held the opportunity open for them as well, asking the leaders to "bring forth fruit worthy of repentance” (Matthew 3:8)
After all, they were no different than those they led (the tax collectors and prostitutes) who had their trust in God, unlike them who had put their trust in the fact that they had Abraham as their father (Matthew 3:9). Jesus left the door open a crack in the event that any of them would choose to enter it.
Now, John did say, “All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin leading to death.” (1 John 5.17) But God is not fooled by an insincere confession when asking for forgiveness. Remember that. (1 Corinthians 11.30)
With God’s Grace you can be saved only when you are sincere and willing to give it all to Him by turning from the dark side into the light of the Lord Jesus Christ.
My Final Thoughts
We need to all stay alert constantly for His return regardless of the bad writing to the opposite. I love you all and thank you for reading the short essays and I hope you learn from it. Gary