“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” (Luke 18:25).
What did Jesus mean when he said our verse of the day?
It is true that in the middle east the entry way into holy sites have a “door” where it is impossible for grown adults to enter without stooping down. Stooping down to enter is a symbolic representation of our humility that is required to enter that space.
This is true but it still misses the point.
The point is that whether its an entry way into holy sites or whether Jesus was referring to an actual eye of a needle, it’s impossible for a camel to fit there.
The main point is the impossibility of such an occurrence.
Salvation is an impossibility.
Salvation is an impossibility because there is no way sinners like you and me can ever stop sinning. We might have fantastic intentions, but being sinless and a perfect keeper of God’s commands for the rest of our lives is an impossibility.
Salvation is an impossibility because there is no amount of good that we could ever do to change the reality that we are sinners.
Salvation, for sinners, is an impossibility.
Well that’s a bummer. What are we supposed to do now?
Look at what Jesus says right after our verse: “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
Salvation, for sinners, is an impossibility. But salvation, which is impossible for human beings, is absolutely possible with God.
This doesn’t mean salvation was easy. Salvation cost Jesus everything! But because of the cost paid by Jesus, salvation is available to all who confess their sins and believe Jesus is Lord.
Salvation is made possible in and through Jesus Christ.
Believe the good news. Believe in Jesus.
That which is impossible has been made possible by God himself.