He Went Away

The Rich Young Ruler went away
from Jesus (Mark 10:17-22).

He went away from the very presence of Jesus.

  • It was not the presence of Jesus that would bring about a change, but obedience.
  • Today, we must comply with the Scriptures.

He went away with all the knowledge he needed to have eternal life.

  • Jesus' instructions to "go" and "sell" and "give" and "follow" were easily understood.
  • Today, it is easy to understand that we must believe (Jn. 8:24, I Jn. 3:23), repent (Lk. 13:3, II Cor. 7:10 ASV, Acts 17:30), confess (Matt. 10:32, Rom. 10:9-10), and be baptized (Mk. 16:16, I Peter 3:21 KJV).

He went away admitting the value of following the Lord.

  • His sorrow showed he realized he had refused something of greater value.
  • Today, when we say we "must make a change," we admit we are not right with God and we know what we need to do.

He went away with the ability to be what he should be.

  • Jesus did not ask the man to do anything he could not do.
  • Today, people can--but will not.


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