All things are possible for God

“If you ask where God’s glory most is seen, I will not point to creation, nor to providence, but to the raising of Jesus from the dead,” said Charles Spurgeon.

There is a parallel to that statement.  If God’s glory is most seen in the resurrection of Christ, then His glory is likewise seen in the resurrection of dead men to life through salvation.  God’s glory is seen in the redemption of men because with men, redemption is impossible, but with God redemption is possible (Lk. 18:27).

Jesus views the self-sufficiency of men like the rich young ruler and says, “how hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (18:24-25).  A man, depending on and finding satisfaction in his wealth is unable to at the same time be dependent on God and find satisfaction in Him for salvation.  It’s impossible.  And the wealthy young man in Luke 18 proves it.

But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for the wealthy to be saved.  And Luke 19 proves that statement with the account of Zaccheus’ salvation.

That Zaccheus was wealthy was evident not only because of his position as a tax collector (men who were well-known for gouging their own people in order to accumulate personal wealth), but because he offered to pay back four times to anyone he had defrauded (v. 8).  In other words, his wealth had grown enough that he could pay back much more than he had stolen through deceit.  He was a rich man.  And by the end of the story, he is a saved man (v. 9):  “Today salvation has come to this house…”

Zaccheus is the affirmation of Jesus’ declaration that He, the Son of Man, came to seek and save the lost (v. 10).

Yes, Zaccheus wanted to see Jesus (v. 3), but Jesus is the One who sought Zaccheus.  Jesus stopped at the tree.  Jesus looked up at Zaccheus.  Jesus called him down from the tree.  And Jesus invited Himself to Zaccheus’ house (“I must stay at your house.”)  And Jesus is the one who went to the house, bringing salvation with Him (“salvation [i.e., provided by and through Jesus] has come to this house…”).

Jesus came and Jesus saved.  And in so doing, God did the impossible.

It’s easy to read the statement, “with God all things are possible” (Mk. 10:27) and think, “God can heal my cancer,” or “God can help me to endure my ungodly spouse,” or “God can give me a better paying job.”  But when Jesus says, “with God all things are possible,” the most impossible task for men is on His mind — salvation.

When God saved Zaccheus, He did the impossible.

And when God saved you and me, He did the impossible.

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