Matthew 19:23 – 26
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
It was a little mind bending when Jesus began to teach about the differences between men’s perceptions and God’s ways. The chasm between the two might explain why, despite the many prophecies, the advent of Jesus was so obscure.
No one expected such small beginnings, or God’s lack of “PR”.
But when Jesus began his ministry one matter he made clear was the fact that many of the attributes that humans considered so admirable -like material wealth- were actually hindrances.
We are still making the same mistakes.
We still fill our Christmas with a glut of store-bought presents instead of with love, kindness, and reverence for God. Our desire for designer names pushes aside the very name of Christmas as this time becomes “Happy Holidays” of commercial appeal.
It is easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for the rich man to enter the Kingdom of God! Not because God wants it so, but because the rich are so used to seeking after that which means little and is of no currency in that Kingdom.
The good news, and God does give us good news, is that with God all things are possible. That is our promise. When Mary conceived and brought forth this baby, Jesus, it appeared just how God was able to sidestep our impossible situations and circumstances. In retrospect of history we are able to now see that. The perfect life that God valued was begun, then lived out, and finally sacrificed for our sakes. The seemingly impossible barrier of sin and death was overcome through Jesus, and the everlasting life in the presence of God was made possible.
And if that is possible…. then anything is possible. Whatever your situation…. whatever your spiritual lack, still with God all things are possible. And Jesus is the proof and guarantee of that.
Today make time for what counts. Give glory to God, worship His Son, allow reverence and joy to fill your soul. If even for a few minutes during your Advent devotional time.
Carol:Joy To The World
Ornament for the Jesse tree is a camel figurine