October 14, 2012am   Don’t Let Your Face Fall Off…   Mark 10:17-22

by Ronald George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

What would cause your face to fall off?  Your face falls when you realize you have just had a great loss.  Can you lift up you face and look to heaven?
Mark 10: 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’a” 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
What is the way to heaven?  What is the way to be saved?

  1. Do you want to go to heaven?  (There is a heaven and I want to go there. So, what do I need to do make sure I am going to go?)
  2. How do you find out how to go somewhere?  Ask someone who has been there.  This young ruler came to the right person. 
  3. He recognized that Jesus is the good master.  He is the one sent from heaven to show us the way.  John 14:6.  Jesus asked why do you call me good, because he wanted to know if the young had recognized Him. 
  4. How do you go to heaven?  Are you going the right way? Proverbs 14:12 says, There is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof is death.
  5. How can I be saved?  What must I do to inherit eternal life?  Rely on someone who has been there and has come back to show you the way.  That One is Jesus.  The testimony of the disciples proves the resurrection and the truth of Jesus and His salvation. 
  6. This is the way.  Jesus said to follow the commandments.  These commandments from God show us how to go to live.  These are the words of life.  Read them, know them, and remember them.  Don’t be afraid because God is with you. 
  7. What makes you a Christian?  When you have decided to go God’s way.  You have turned around and said yes to Jesus.  I will go with you and follow you.  You are my leader of life.  I ask you to save me.  I go with you to be baptised and serve you. 
  8. Many follow the commandments but is that all there is to it?  Jesus said that the rich you ruler still needed to recognize the Lord in his life by selling all that he had to help the poor.  The rich man would need to depend on God for all of his life. 
  9. Will you depend on God for your whole life now and then?  Will you have treasure in heaven?  Then give it away here to those who are in need.  Give to those who can’t give back now and then you will have treasures in heaven. 
  10. What is your response?  Will you face fall off?  Will you be able to look up to the Lord and recognize that earthly riches are preparation for the future riches.  How is your retirement plan in heaven?  Do you have one there?  Are you going to go to heaven? 


a Exodus 20:12-16; Deut. 5:16-20

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (Mk 10:17-22). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.