I read yesterday and today the three gospel accounts of the story traditionally referred to as “the rich young ruler.” I am preaching on this story this weekend, and it was so interesting to read it again in the synoptic gospels.
Synoptic gospels = fancy way of saying Matthew, Mark and Luke, but not John.
I never noticed before that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem when He encountered the rich young man. He was going there to be crucified.
Despite the fact that He was on a mission to save humanity once and for all, Jesus stops to bless the children, answer questions about divorce, look at this young man and love him deeply, and respond to His disciples’ statements and questions.
What I found most interesting was the disciples’ reactions.
First, they were amazed.
Then, they were incredulous.
In Matthew, they were confounded.
In Luke, they exclaimed. Then they did not understand.
Yesterday, I attended a funeral. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the funeral of a child. The small casket was so heart-breaking. I can only imagine how her parents and siblings felt.
I am like the disciples. Sometimes, I’m amazed. Other times, indignant. A lot of the time, I don’t understand.
But in the midst of all the emotions, I choose to trust.
Bible Reading: Mark 10 (Sunday), Matthew 19 & Luke 18 (Today)
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