It’s Good Friday…and a lot of people wonder why, on the day the Savior of mankind was brutally murdered…we would call this Friday “Good.” For me, the answer lies in an encounter Jesus had with a rich young ruler; he was a community leader who believed he was doing everything right: living well, keeping the law to the letter. He struts up to Jesus, and says, “Good Teacher! What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Well, knowing who the guy really was, Jesus first asks, “Why do you call me ‘good?’ Only GOD is good.”
This was that young guy’s chance to say, “but you ARE God,” and if he did, that would have been the answer the rich young ruler was looking for. Recognize Jesus for Who He Is, and that’s called faith—you win! That’s how you gain eternal life! When it became clear that the wealthy young dude believed he had EARNED his way into heaven, Jesus said: “OK, here’s what you have to do. Sell everything you own and give it to the poor. Then, take up your cross and follow me!” Well, the rich man could not give up his stuff, and walked away without the affirmation he was looking for.
Now, does that mean WE’RE supposed to sell everything and give it to the poor, in order to gain eternal life? Of course not! There’s nothing you or I can do to earn or deserve heaven. It wasn't about how much the young ruler had ...