The Salvation of the Rich Young Ruler
and Luke all record the touching scene in which a wealthy,
religious leader in his twenties or early thirties, usually
referred to as the rich young ruler, comes to Christ and,
kneeling before Him, asks about inheriting eternal life.
The good news
is that the Lord Jesus "loved" the rich young ruler (Mark
10:21)! This young man is in fine company, along with John,
the beloved disciple; Lazarus, Mary and Martha (John 11:5);
the believing leper (Mark 1:41); and all God's people in all
ages and lands. "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can
the floods drown it" (Song 8:7); how much more the deep,
unchangeable, powerful love of God in Christ Jesus from
which nothing in the present or future, nothing in life or
death, nothing in the universe, not even Satan or sin, is
"able to separate us" (Rom. 8:38-39)! All whom Jesus loves,
He loves "unto the end" (John 13:1), for He is "the same
yesterday, and to day, and for ever" (Heb. 13:8)!
the rich young ruler, even though he was self-righteous and
loved money (Mark 10:20, 22). Jesus loved him from before
the foundation of the world, when He died for his sins on
the cross (John 10:15; 15:13), when He renewed his heart and
into eternity. In His amazing grace, the Son of God loved
the rich young ruler (and all His people) "with an
everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness" He drew him
Out of love
for the rich young ruler, Christ spoke to him of his sinful
love of money, calling him to repentance. The young man went
away, as Jesus commanded him, to count the cost (Mark
10:21-22). His grief and sadness was not a worldly sorrow
but a "godly sorrow [that] worketh repentance to salvation"
(II Cor. 7:10).
explained, it is "hard," even "impossible" with men, for a
rich man to enter the kingdom of God, because we are so
prone to "trust in riches," but "with God all things are
possible" (Mark 10:23-27)! Our God, the God of the
impossible, gave a son to Sarah, a barren ninety-year-old,
and her hundred-year-old husband, Abraham (Gen. 18:14);
brought Israel back from the Babylonian captivity (Jer.
32:17); and caused the virgin Mary to conceive and bear the
incarnate Son of God (Luke 1:37)! He can and did the
impossible in converting the rich young ruler, as He has
done for many like him, both before and since!
That look of
love that the Saviour cast upon the rich young ruler two
thousand years ago (Mark 10:21; Ps. 4:6), he continually
beholds in heaven from the face of the glorified Christ who
loved him and gave Himself for him (Gal. 2:20). What amazing
grace and what an amazing salvation for all who forsake
their sins and trust in Christ alone and not their own good
works or riches!