Have you tripped yet?
Did you have a nice fall?
“Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” – Matthew 19:16-17
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” – Matthew 19:20-21
If you look at the very first question by this man to Jesus you can see the reason why Jesus kept raising the bar here.
“Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
The simple answer here is- Nothing, nada, not a single stinking thing! But Jesus wanted to prove a point and He did prove that point to His disciples and to you and me IF we listen.
The law will never get you closer to God but it will get you to see your need for a relationship with Him!
If you have any crutch at all a relationship with God is impossible! Yes He is a jealous God- meaning He wants to Be the One you turn to and He wants to Be the One that is above all else in your life.
The law will trip you up every time and that is exactly what it is supposed to do. The trip will end in one of two ways:
1) Falling into bitterness, disappointment and/or some relationship knock off.
2) Falling into the Loving arms of God Almighty which is a never ending Love and a journey that will last a lifetime and beyond! His yoke is easy and His burden is light- Come and enjoy it!
The law is righteous and holy and just AND totally impossible for anyone to keep!
The way to righteousness and perfection is simple- JESUS and His gift that He gave on cavalry!