Saturday, August 7, 2021

Overheard at Table 3: An American Runs Up to Jesus

Jesus was getting ready to head out of town, and an American runs up to Him, kneels down right in front of Him, and asks Him, "Hey You Awesome Dude, what I can I do to get into Heaven?"

And Jesus says to the American, "Why you callin' Me 'Awesome'?  There is no one awesome but God.  Regardless, you know how to get to Heaven.  Ten Commandments, amirite? 'Don't murder, don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't lie, don't commit fraud, honor your mother and father.'"

And then the guys says to Jesus, "I got all that down.  I've done that all my life."

Jesus looks at the guy, REALLY looks through him.  And Jesus felt so much love for this American, and He says, "There's only one thing keeping you from Heaven.  Go sell all your stuff, give away everything to the poor.  Then you will have a place in Heaven.  Then, come and follow Me."

The American looked like Jesus had just punched him in the stomach.  He didn't say another word, he just turned and walked away ... because he had a house, nice car, tv, a 401k, a good job, good income, so much stuff that he couldn't even park his cars in the garage.

Mark 10:17-27

Paraphrased by Verble Gherulous

Mark 10:17-27

The Rich Young Ruler

17 As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do so that I may inherit eternal life?” 18 But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not give false testimony, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth.” 21 Looking at him, Jesus showed love to him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But he [a]was deeply dismayed by [b]these words, and he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.

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