John 3:16 might be the most famous Scripture citation in the world. Ephesians 2:8-10 is a well known verse among Evangelicals. But for my money, I’d bet that Mark 10:27 (and its corollaries in Mt 19.26 and Luke 18.27) is the most famous, or at least the most oft quoted saying of Jesus.
“With God, all things are possible.”
It is a nice verse. Easily embroidered or screen printed onto any number of things,
but I can’t help but think that the American understanding of this verse is all wrong. Out of context, it often gets used as an encouraging platitude for:
- Job interviews
- Sluggish home sales
- Credit card payments
- Arriving on time having left 15 minutes late
- Turning the 2009 SEC Championship game around for Florida
In context, however, Jesus is discussing with is confused disciples the way to eternal life. “For mortals [salvation] is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” That is to say, for God, even a snobby rich guy can get into heaven, and so can the lazy fool, the poor slob, the annoying loud cell phone talker, the grumpy neighbor, and yes, even me. On our own, none of us can earn our way in – not even dear Timmah pictured twice above – BUT
With God, all things are possible.