“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/20/10): Demand #20 “Do The Will of My Father Who Is In Heaven – Be Justified By Trusting Jesus”

Mark 10:17-21

17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'”

20“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

21Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

You’ll get your devotional straight from the author of the book today 🙂

John Piper paraphrases Jesus’ response and perspective on this passage very eloquently in this way:

“You lack one thing. You lack me. Stop treasuring money, and start treasuring me. You want to inherit eternal life. You want to enter the kingdom of heaven. I am the treasure of heaven. If you would have treasure in heaven, you must have me. If you prefer money over me now, you will not enter heaven where I am the treasure. But if you treasure me now above your money, ‘you will have treasure in heaven.’ I will be there. Only by your attachment to me will you inherit eternal life. If you would be perfect—which is the only way into God’s kingdom—follow me. (page 155)”

“Jesus is the only path to perfect obedience. And perfect obedience is required for eternal life.  The crucial question is: How is Jesus the path to perfection? One historic answer is that Jesus himself is our perfection. That is, when we are connected with him by faith, God counts us to be perfect because of Jesus, even though in ourselves we are not. Another historic answer is that Jesus, by his presence and power within us, transforms us so that we really begin to love like he does and move toward perfection, which we finally obtain in heaven… all humans are sinners under God’s holy wrath with no hope of eternal life based on their own obedience. Jesus came to solve that problem. Jesus solves it by removing the wrath of God. He removes it by enduring the punishment we deserved and paying the debt we could never pay. Therefore, because of Jesus’ shed blood, all our sins are canceled and God does not see us as sinful or imperfect anymore. This is owing to our attachment to Jesus by faith (page 156).”

*** Feel free to check out a video for the song “This One’s With Me” by NewSong in my Vodpod on this page.  This song emphasizes how Jesus justifies us in the eyes of God, covering our sin with his holiness.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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