Mark 10:17-31, Matt. 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30

We all experience suffering in this world. Jesus came to give us hope. Jesus had an encounter with a rich young ruler that teaches about hope in this world.(Mark 10:17-31). Jesus responds to the rich young ruler, Why do you call me good? Only God is good.

The Goodness of God

  • Genesis 1:32 – God created the world and he said it was good. It was good because God made it. Sin has now left its mark on the physical world.
  • Exodus 33:18-19, 34:57 – Moses wanted to see God, but God made his goodness pass by Moses because he couldn’t look on God’s face. God describes himself as compassionate, gracious, truthful, and moving against sin.
  • Psalm 106:1-2, 119:68, 145:8-9 – God is good and merciful to all. Do we believe in the goodness of God? Do we believe in God’s goodness when we are suffering? Do we live our lives every day like God is good and merciful to us? Live your life with hope because of God.

We are not God (or perfectly good)

  • Rom. 3:9-18 – No one is that good. All have sinned. No human can claim he or she is as good as God.
  • Rom. 7:18 – Paul says nothing good dwells in me. We can’t be good enough on our own.
  • 1 John 1:8 – We can fool ourselves about our sin. When it comes to sin it isn’t a comparison between people. It doesn’t matter if you are better than someone else; we are still not as good as God. We can’t get to eternal life without God. We can’t work our way to eternal life.

God Saves Us

  • Mark 10:23-27, Matt. 19:23-26, Luke 18:24-27 -The rich have all the physical advantages, but not the spiritual advantages. People can’t get to eternal life without God.
  • Rom 3:23-24 – God gives us hope when we are hopeless.
  • Luke 18:9-14 – God exalts the humble. When we see ourselves clearly and have faith in God, that’s the way to eternal life.

–Robert Lee, 3-28-10, a.m.

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