Jesus is God
Luke 18:18-19 “A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?””Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No-one is good-except God alone.”
Luke again sets this story in the whole context of humility, character and discipleship.
Here comes a ruler. He is probably a Jewish leader in the synagogue, certainly has a status in the community, a respected authoritative figure.
The other gospels set this towards the end of Jesus’ ministry and even here in Luke after the account, Jesus is telling his disciples they are going to Jerusalem.
Mark says the ruler ran and fell on his knees. It’s an interesting detail that Luke doesn’t provide but because of the context shows is this is the rulers last chance to deal with the uncertainty in his life. The question he asks isn’t like any other from the Pharisees. He was genuine. His main concern was what happens after he dies.
In the dirt lay a ruler before the King asking about eternity.
It’s where we all end up at some point: Worshipping from the position of dirt;
Realising there’s nothing much we can do to guarantee where we have never travelled before;
Needing someone beyond us who can lead us further than any other.
And he asks the confusing question. Well actually the response from Jesus is more confusing unless you see it like this:
Response from Jesus: “what are you saying? Only God is good. Are you calling me God?”
He wasn’t. But Jesus brilliantly handles this situation which leaves us with a smile on our face. He does it a lot.