by Ernest Easley

How to Inherit Eternal Life
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Mark 10:17-27
July 24, 2011

Now would you please join me in Mark's gospel chapter 10. Beginning in verse 17 .. I want to talk to you about going to heaven. Now you would think that today's message would have a happy ending seeing that we're talking about going to heaven. I suppose everybody likes a story with a happy ending.
There was a Father who one day took his son to buy a puppy. When they arrived at the home where the puppies were … they walked around to the back yard where the puppies were. There they saw inside a fenced in area seven little puppies. As the Father and son looked at them .. they noticed one little puppy whose little tail was wagging faster than the tails of the other little puppies.
The Father then said to the owner of the puppies, "Sir, we'll take the one with the happy ending." That's what I want for you today: at the end of the day … at the end of your life to have a happy ending.
Well .. the man we're going to read about today missed having a happy ending because he made the wrong decision regarding Jesus Christ. On the surface .. this man seemed to have had it all!
Mark tells us in his account that he was RICH. (MK 10.22) Matthew tells us in his account that he was YOUNG. (Matt 19.20). Luke tells us in his account that he was a RULER (Lk 18.18).
He was a Rich Young Ruler. Now before we read about him, let me give you three bible principles taken from Mark's account about this Rich Young Ruler:
1. Jesus will answer your questions.
2. Jesus will answer your questions through His Word.
3. Jesus will answer your questions through His Word so that you can know Him.
Now with those three bible principles in mind … let's begin reading in Mark 10.17 as we learn …
How to Inherit Eternal Life
Mark 10.17-31
"17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" ...

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