Matthew 19:16-17. A Way To Life 10 Aug 2023
Mat 19:16 And now a man came to him and asked,
'Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?'
17 Jesus said to him,
'Why do you ask me about what is good?
There is one alone who is good.
But if you wish to enter into life,
keep the commandments.'
Excerpt from THE NEW JERUSALEM BIBLE, copyright (c) 1985 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd. and Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Reprinted by Permission.
In the verses before children came to Jesus, now a man.
1. The man - no more a child - asks if 'one good deed' could obtain the possession of the eternal life. As if you can earn and own it.
2. Only one alone is good, says Jesus. Why do you ask me?
3. Jesus steps down from a 'way to the eternal life' to 'a way to the life.' And it is not hard: 'Keep the commandments.'
Notice: no obligations for the children.
Jesus, thank you that you only give small burdens.