The Gospel of Matthew

The Kingdom of Heaven


Matthew 19:16-30

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good.

What Good thing must I do to get?

Why do you ask what?


There is only One who is good

Not what But who


 If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 

What do I still lack?

This is a hard question to not ask


21 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.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 


Give it away and follow me


Sell your possessions and give to the poor

Treasures in Heaven


Jesus is asking

Am I worth it?


23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, 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.”


Simply put…It's really hard 


But why?

Rich:

  • Money
  • Security
  • Comfort
  • Pride
  • Trust in yourself

The rich are seen as the ones God would want, the easy choice


25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” 


Thank goodness we already left all our stuff


What… again


28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Whoever follows me

Not family, friends, spouses, kids or fields…


If you put yourself first Jesus will be last

If you put yourself last Jesus will be first


The riches of the earth or a relationship with the King


Give and Serve

Matthew 6:24

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Not a what but a who