I also contend that the reaction from the disciples tells us something very important. The disciples were of the mindset that if it was impossible for a rich person to enter heaven then it was at least doubly impossible for any of them to enter heaven.
Jesus knew they had that understanding and He did not dissuade them of it because it reflected exactly what He wanted them to understand – apart from The Christ no one makes it, rich or poor.
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! (Luke 18:24)
Relate: Jesus said that it is more difficult for a rich person to enter heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Now I have heard an illustration about there being a gate in Jerusalem called the needle gate and it was so small that for a camel to go through the merchant had to strip everything off and crawl through on its knees and… baloney. The story sounds great but it is not true. If you happen to be reading this and you are a pastor or teacher, please check your facts and don’t repeat…
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