April 20-So Near Yet So Far

April 20-So Near Yet So Far

April 20: So Near, Yet So Far


Scripture Lesson: Mark 10:17-22


On this date in 1990, after retiring 26 consecutive Oakland A’s, Mariner Brian Holman gave up a home run to Ken Phelps. Holman retired the next hitter for a complete game one-hitter in the 6-1 win. That is as close as someone could get to a perfect game: 26 out of 27 batters retired in a row. So near, yet so far.


Our Scripture lesson today is one of the saddest stories in the Bible. A young man approached Jesus, wanting to inherit eternal life. He knew what was required, and said he had kept the law his entire life. He was so very close to heaven. Jesus looked at him and loved him. He saw that the young man had only one thing between Jesus and him. Jesus wanted him to sell everything he had and give it to the poor, and then follow Him. At that the Bible says the man’s face fell and he went away sad, for he had great wealth. Jesus knew the young man loved his wealth more. As believers, we should not have anything in our lives more important than Jesus. The young man was right there at the threshold of heaven, but his wealth kept him from Jesus. So near, yet so far.

  1. Why is it not enough to just know how we should live as believers?

  2. Is there something in our lives more important to us than Jesus?

  3. Why is this so story so sad?

Close is not good enough in getting a perfect game or in our faith walk with Jesus. So near, yet so far.



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That's so true, it is humbling to coisnder and realize Christ was praying for us all those years ago. Thanks for sharing and visiting today. God bless, Bethany

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