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Jesus had been talking with a rich man about some difficult things. He wasn’t willing to give up his possessions to follow Jesus. He left a very sad man.

Jesus commented about how hard it is for the rich to really get into God’s world. The disciples were stunned and were wondering how anyone could get in. All things are possible with God is the simple but profound answer.

  • May I see God’s power at every turn.
  • God is God.
  • All things are possible with him.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God

ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Mark 10:27

Here is a literal translation:

27 Gazing intently at them [as he had at the rich man], Jesus says, “For human beings—impossible! But not for God, because all things are possible for God.”

Source: Robert H. Gundry, Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010), 185.

The intensity of Jesus’ now gazing at the disciples (he’d already looked around to address them) adds visual impact to the verbal impact of his affirming the power of God to do the humanly impossible, not only to save a rich person but also to do anything God wishes.

Jesus doesn’t answer the disciples’ question who can be saved but points them to the only one who can do the saving because he’s all-powerful.