Mark 10 vs. 1-27.
When we refer to the phrase “With Men it is Impossible but not with God
”; what quickly comes to mind is that God can solve all problems beyond human abilities and capabilities. This is surely correct. Recently, I began to peruse in order to understand the contextual meaning. What indeed prompted Jesus to make the statement?
Jesus earlier read out the law, his requirements for disciples and how hard it will be for those who trust in riches to be his disciples. At this point, the disciples were almost lost; their confidence depleted; and they asked one crucial question, with all these laws, commandments, requirements; who then can be saved? Then came the verse – Mark 10 vs 27, “Then Jesus looking upon them saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible”.
“Then Jesus looking upon them” – the man who desires to be saved must have Jesus look upon him and himself must be ready to look at Jesus. Throughout the ministry of Jesus, those He saved were those He looked upon. He looked upon the multitude with compassion and saved them. He looked upon the woman caught in the act of adultery and saved her. He looked upon Zacchaeus and saved him. He looked upon the Samaritan woman and saved her. He looked upon blind Bartimaeus and saved him. The list is endless. And if there be any prayer for the Sinner today and even for the Saint; it will be “Oh Lord, look on us”. For His look of mercy brings our name into his book regardless of how crooked we are.
“With men it is impossible” – humans by nature are fallible, gullible and prone to sin. To be saved by a man can be likened to a man creating another man which is impossible. Overtimes, many have tried to live holy by themselves; but they ended up filthy, dirty and defiled. “All our righteousness are but filthy rags”. We have seen priests wearing garments of whites to depict holiness but who ends up falling into the darkest of sins. Their garments though still white on the outside are already darkened inwardly with thick stains of sin. They hide under the cover of darkness to commit unimaginable wickedness. It shows vividly the nature of man. Sin is an act by which man was subdued, in that man sinned willingly, it became impossible for him to redeem himself as only a pure blood would suffice. A songwriter writes thus “what can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus”. Man’s efforts will always be futile because no matter how principled and disciplined a sinner is, he is still a sinner. At best, he can only be a principled and disciplined sinner. Quit oh man from seeking to save thyself, for your seeking is in vain and vain will it ever be.
“But not with God
” – God is our refuge; God is our saviour; God is our light; God is our life
. The struggle of man is not an issue with God for He is Almighty, All-Knowing, Omnipotent, Omniscience and Omnipresent. He has the whole world in his hands. He saves all – men, women, boys, girls, adults, children, whites, blacks. All who will come unto Him, all who will trust Him, all who will believe in Him shall be saved. Hallelujah, Jesus saves.
“for with God all things are possible” – All things simply mean all things without exception even all the bad things you can ever imagine. The worst of prostitutes are being saved, the murderers and assassins are being saved too likewise the chronic liars, the looters, the rapists amongst others. All things are possible with God, Hallelujah. A songwriter rightly said, “No impossibility with Jesus my Saviour, no impossibility with Jesus my Lord, He can do all things”.
Oh, Terrible Sinner come
Oh, Vilest Sinner come
Oh, Chief of Sinners come.
Come to Jesus
Come to His waiting arms
Come to His soothing touch
Come to His warm embrace
Come, come oh Sinner come
Behold He calleth you, come
Behold He is waiting for you.
HALLELUJAH TO THE LAMB.
By Ndubuisi Paul Okafor
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