God’s Way Is BestBro. David Chancellor
4/26/2009 6:00 PM
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
"…Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" As we consider this question, we realize we can’t do it by ourselves. Jesus told this one the "appropriate" answer: Keep the commandments. The problem is that this doesn’t answer for what you have already done. People look for a law to keep that will make them acceptable to God and give them life. This one discovered that the commandments don’t bring life. When he looked at the price, he thought it was too much. Jesus told him to put his faith and trust in God. The young man couldn’t do that. You can’t earn eternal life. The price is too high. There’s nothing you can do to bring eternal life.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praise unto God; and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm; for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
The jailer saw in Paul and Silas something he didn’t have. They were concerned for his life. "And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Paul told him to believe on Jesus and life would come. There’s nothing great and marvelous for us to do. What’s required of us is to come to God and trust his grace and mercy to make the change.
And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
This shows how we need to come to God. The blind man knew what Jesus could do, and he called out for mercy. Jesus heard and answered. He asked the man what he wanted. The man’s faith was answered. He couldn’t cure the problem by anything he could do in himself.
And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others; Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week. I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one that exalteth himself shall be based; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Jesus had a purpose behind this story. He wanted people to realize that there’s nothing you can do that will justify you before God. Naming all your accomplishments to God won’t save you. We need to follow God’s plan. Do it God’s way. People try to find some heroic act to do to make things right before God. We need the blood of Jesus within to put life inside. The life within produces many good things, but those things don’t save you.
When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they found him on the other side of the sea they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither? Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled, Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hat God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
The people wanted to know how Jesus had gotten across to where he was. Jesus knew they wanted another free meal. Many people are following a similar thought today in the prosperity gospel. Jesus told these to believe on the one God sent. The only part for us in salvation is to trust in God. Good works will be the result, but they don’t save us. We’ll never be able to earn our salvation. Men want to earn back what was lost in the garden, but it can’t be done. Man’s ways are always a failure. The only way is to humble ourselves and accept God’s plan. God’s plan brings glory to God. He wants to be glorified in us.