The peril of riches. Often that is the topic introduced when looking at this well loved passage about the rich young ruler. Commentators sometimes point to the tenth commandment, or even the first, as the specific sin of this man. Others see this passage about two alternative ways to heaven – one hypothetical one through law-keeping, and another superior one by following Jesus. These different interpretations do possess some valid insight. And yet they fall short, if they do not understand the message in this passage in relationship to the kingdom. It is the kingdom which is under discussion in this passage. We must look to see what Jesus is teaching us about the kingdom today, and what he says about our relationship to it.
Passage: Mark 10:17-31
Author: Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div.
Sermon originally preached during the Morning Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 10/05/2008 in Novato, CA.