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Leaving All to Follow Christ - Part 3

(Part 3 of a sermon on Luke 18:18-30)

Following the Kingdom’s King (vv.28-30)

The disciples who have left everything in order to follow the Lord for the sake of God’s kingdom receive commendation from the Lord. For in reality, following Christ and giving up everything for His kingdom is the essence of the Christian life. And Christ promises that those who paid the price can expect many times as much blessing both in this world and in the world to come, including eternal life.

If you have left parents, brothers and sisters for the sake of God’s kingdom you will gain many times as much as you have lost. If you have left a promising career to serve the Lord in a far away place so that He may be known there you will obtain many times as much as you have lost. If you have given up something which is temporary – may it be money, social status, or fame – for something eternal, such as laboring for God’s kingdom, knowing and enjoying God, working or praying for the salvation of the elect, and…

Leaving All to Follow Christ - Part 2

(Part 2 of a sermon based on Luke 18:18-30)

Entering the Kingdom of God (vv. 24-27)

So from Jesus’ demand to trust God and to rely on Him for salvation, Luke now focuses on Christ’s sad comment about the man. Jesus said, “It is hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.” As we can see the expression ‘to enter the kingdom of God’ is closely related to the idea of obtaining eternal life and salvation.

To enter the kingdom of God is to inherit eternal life, and ultimately to be saved. But why is it that Christ said, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God’? Does it mean there are no rich people who can be saved? That could not be. We know Abraham and Job were rich people. Zacchaeus was also rich, and probably Barnabas.

One scholar has rightly said, “The inability to trust God and be humble can come with [self-preoccupation] and greed that money can bring” (see further Luke 6:24; 12:15, 21). While in some occasions wealth is a sign of divine blessing, those who pursu…

Leaving All to Follow Christ - Part 1

(Part 1 of a sermon based on Luke 18:18-30)

In the three-year ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth He was asked by different people with different kind of questions. Some asked Him in order to test or to trap Him. Others, however, asked Him sincerely.

In our passage today, we can see a very sincere person asking our Lord Jesus what to do in order to obtain eternal life. Unlike the lawyer who put our Lord to the test by asking Him the same question (Luke 10:25), here Luke does not tell us that the man had such a motive to trap our Lord.

The question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” is a very important question. The person who asks such a question is concerned not only of life in this world but also in the world to come. For the question itself pertains to our eternal comfort and salvation wherein God’s promise of abundant life in His presence is at stake.

In our passage, we are going to see that eternal life is for those who leave everything for the sake Jesus Christ…