Scripture Mark 10
24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it ise]”>[e] to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
God delights in doing what for man is impossible.
I’ve heard this story told several times in relation to a hole that was known to be in the wall which surrounded the city of Jerusalem. The hole was apparently referred to by the locals as “the eye of the needle,” and many people have speculated that perhaps Jesus was talking about this hole in the wall.
It would have been possible for a camel to go through the hole, but a few things wold have first been required. First you would have had to have taken anything the camel was carrying off of it, in other words you have to unburden him. Then the camel would have to get down on its knees, and be led through the hole on its knees. Thats some pretty great symbolism there, that is almost a three point sermon in itself.
However I don’t think that Jesus was talking about the hole in the wall of Jerusalem. I think He was talking about the tiny hole in a needle for the thread to be pushed through, the real eye of a needle. The disciples seem to agree when in v 26 they ask Him, well “Who then can be saved?” And Jesus tells them, “with Man its impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
We need to keep this in mind for ourselves, it is not possible for us to do enough good works, or keep enough commandments, or help enough people to earn our way into heaven. Even if we were able to thread that camel through the literal eye of a needle, that would not mean we were able to work our way in on our own. We have to turn to God for grace, and we have to rely on Christ sacrifice for us to cover our own sinfulness with His righteousness.
Also, there is nothing we can do to bring others to Christ, this is God’s work. Yes we may at times be privileged to be the hammer in the hand of the Master, but the work belongs to God and is only possible through Him. We can pray for and with others, we can share the gospel, and we can demonstrate the grace of God in our own lives, but for man to lead man to the kingdom is as the blind leading the blind. We must trust in God to lead us, and others to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus through His spirit and love.
Father, thank you for making all things possible through you. Help me to understand that I can do nothing without you, and help me to learn more and more each day to walk with you, and to work for you.
I give up my pride in myself, and turn to God who can accomplish all the things that I can not.