JESUS AND THE GREATEST TREASURE IN LIFE

MATTHEW 19
Jesus continues His teachings on our most important issues in life.  After marriage He demonstrates how we are to bless our children, which are the fruit of marriage and the highest of values in the family.
I cannot help thinking of the tragic decision we have made as a nation to choose death over life when we have put to death over 60 million babies and as a world close to 2 billion babies in the mothers’ wombs.  
Children are the most wonderful blessing from God.  Pray that we can end this tragedy and the Supreme Court will overturn Roe versus Wade and send the issue back to the states.  We need to bless our children with life as God created them to live and end this culture of death in our USA and in the world.
This teaching of Jesus leads to the most important issue that Jesus comes back to which is eternal life.  If a person does not have eternal life they have lost everything.  Through Jesus’s meeting with the rich young ruler who asks Jesus what he must do to gain eternal life, we learn that eternal life with us is impossible to gain or earn.  Only God can give us eternal life.
In the Gospel of John in chapter 17 we are given the meaning of eternal life: to know the one true God and His Son whom He sent into this world.  Eternal life begins when we know God and Jesus Christ.  To know means more than intellectual knowledge.  It means to experience God and Jesus in love and intimacy in who God is and who Jesus is.
It is a new birth of life from death.  It is a free gift from God to us that cannot be earned by obeying the ten commandments or being good enough or atoning for one’s sins.  
I heard a movie star last night, who I would deem a good man who does a tremendous amount of good and is a believer in Jesus.   Yet, he said he is trying to atone for all of his sins when he did not know God.  I am not saying he does not have eternal life, but Jesus atoned for all of our sins on the cross.  He did for us what we could not do for ourselves.
We do good works because of our faith in Jesus Christ, out of love for Him and love for others.  Good works are the fruit of our life in knowing God and in knowing Jesus.  Eternal life is a life of liberty from the bondages of sin and man made religion.  Jesus said come to me and I will give you rest for your soul.
Read and study Matthew 19:16-30.  The heart of Jesus’s mission as sent by His Father from heaven to earth was and still is to give us the free gift of eternal life through repentance and faith in Jesus as our Savior and what He did for us on the cross.
To know Jesus and His Father is to have the greatest gift, the greatest treasure there is.  Without this eternal life you are left with nothing in the end.  Come to Jesus poor in spirit and yours is the kingdom of heaven, which means you have eternal life.  It is the greatest love and joy and gift you will ever know, all because of Jesus and His love for you.

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