The story is basically this: Jesus was ministering one day and a rich guy runs to him as Jesus is about to leave, falls on his knees and asks how he can inherit eternal life. Jesus gives him the standard 10 commandment “don’ts” and the rich guy states he has kept all these commandments since his youth. Then Jesus goes on to direct the guy to sell all his possessions, give the money to the poor and follow him.
At this, rich guy gets bummed out and leaves because he has a lot of stuff. Jesus tells his disciples it’s easier for a camel to make its way through the eye of a needle than the rich to go to heaven but, that through God, “all things are possible”.
I love the reading of this passage in Mark, particularly, because it states that Jesus looked at him and loved him. Won’t it be cool some day when Jesus looks at you that way?
This passage has given me a lot of reason to pause and think over the years because so many people like to write the end of the rich guy’s story in a negative frame. But I’d caution you; the end of this particular story is not written in the Bible. So many folks just assume that the rich guy did not do as Jesus instructed him, but we don’t know whether he did or not. I’ve heard people use this passage as New Testament justification for the death penalty. But this passage ends with hope: “with God all things are possible.” In other words, rich guys getting into heaven and camels getting through needle eyes.
I encourage you to find the hope Jesus’ disciples were presented on that day.