3-17-2013

"Treausures in Heaven"

New International Version

Luke 18

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

18 A certain ruler asked him, gGood teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?h

19 gWhy do you call me good?h Jesus answered. gNo one is good?except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: eYou shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.f[a]h

21 gAll these I have kept since I was a boy,h he said.

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, gYou still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.h

23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, gHow hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.h

26 Those who heard this asked, gWho then can be saved?h

27 Jesus replied, gWhat is impossible with man is possible with God.h

28 Peter said to him, gWe have left all we had to follow you!h

29 gTruly I tell you,h Jesus said to them, gno one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.h

Jesus Predicts His Death a Third Time

31 Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, gWe are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. 32 He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him and spit on him; 33 they will flog him and kill him. On the third day he will rise again.h

34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.

A Blind Beggar Receives His Sight

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, gJesus of Nazareth is passing by.h

38 He called out, gJesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!h

39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, gSon of David, have mercy on me!h

40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 gWhat do you want me to do for you?h

gLord, I want to see,h he replied.

42 Jesus said to him, gReceive your sight; your faith has healed you.h 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Footnotes:

Luke 18:20 Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20

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