ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 57

Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to
those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t
receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”
Once a religious leader asked Jesus this question: “Good Teacher, what
should I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “Only God is truly good.
But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must
not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must
not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother.’”
The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was
When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you
haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was very rich.
When Jesus saw this, he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the
Kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
Those who heard this said, “Then who in the world can be saved?”
He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”
Peter said, “We’ve left our homes to follow you.”
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up
house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have
eternal life in the world to come.”
Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of
Man will come true. He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be
mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. They will flog him with a whip
and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.”
But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words
was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.
As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road.
When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening. They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. So he began
shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

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