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Back To The Future – Part 4

Matthew 19:13-30 13-15One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: "Let the children alone, don't prevent them from coming to me. God's kingdom is made up of people like these." After laying hands on them, he left. 16Another day, a man stopped Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?" 17Jesus said, "Why do you question me about what's good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you." 18-19The man asked, "What in particular?" Jesus said, "Don't murder, don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself." 20The young man said, "I've done all that. What's left?" 21"If you want to give it all you've got," Jesus replied, "go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me." 22That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crest-fallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn't bear to let go. 23-24As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, "Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter God's kingdom? Let me tell you, it's easier to gallop a camel through a needle's eye than for the rich to enter God's kingdom." 25The disciples were staggered. "Then who has any chance at all?" 26Jesus looked hard at them and said, "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it." 27Then Peter chimed in, "We left everything and followed you. What do we get out of it?" 28-30Jesus replied, "Yes, you have followed me. In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel. And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields—whatever—because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life. This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first."

Mixer What is one event you wish you could go back in time to change? What would you change about it? What would be different about your life today?

1. Do you find this ending to be satisfying? What about it is or isn’t? What would you change about the ending? For me this ending is satisfying because we see a glimpse (though not a perfect one) of things getting set to right. We see Bif getting called out on his bad behavior while doing honest work, we also see the lowly insecure George McFly living well and his family getting along, together and happy. 2. How is this final scene like and unlike the ‘Great

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Reversal’ that Jesus mentions at the end of this week’s passage? How is the Kingdom of God like the last being first? Like I said, the ending isn’t perfect but we see a glimpse of maybe what Jesus was talking about. For example a guy like Bif who constantly took what he wanted, ruled over people, etc. found himself serving the one he bullied. Perhaps the Kingdom of God is something more like Bif and George being reconciled and not role reversed but perhaps this is a glimpse of what Jesus was talking about 3. Look at the passage from Matthew. Where are Jesus’ values in this story? How are they different then the social values at school or work? Are there values that are similar? During this time the hot button issue was how God was going to save Israel from their oppressors. There were many opinions about how this was going to happen most of them involving wealth, moral piety or warfare, but Jesus had a different agenda in mind. This is what the rich young man was asking Jesus about but for an answer Jesus forced him to reexamine his values. Jesus ultimately is calling his disciples to trust in him, no social status or amount of power will make that any easier. 4. What are things in our own lives that are getting in the way of a life with God? What are things we value in this culture that actually make it harder to trust God?

Pray that God forms us to Jesus’ values and that we have the faith to do.

© Dixon Kinser 2009