Last week Jesus left his disciples “exceedingly astonished” by teaching that not even a moral pillar of society, the man traditionally called the "rich young ruler," a man who had it all economically, socially, and spiritually, had the slightest chance at entering the life of God without giving up reliance on his achievements and following Jesus instead. When the man walked out on that offer, the disciples were not happy. (And how could they be? He could have been a potential big donor. An important supporter of the ministry. And Jesus alienates him.)
You’ll remember that Jesus comments to the disciples, “It’s so hard, for people like that to enter the Kingdom.” And at this point they can’t contain themselves: “If not him, Jesus, who? He’s got it all! If not him, who can be saved?” And Jesus, undaunted, true to form, cheerfully replies, “Nobody. It’s impossible. Only God can do it.” --What can you say? He has no fear, you know? Jesus is so deeply united with his Father, he knows so completely that God can be trusted with your every breath, that he just has no fear. I’ve been reading the Bible 35 years now and I still can’t get over it.