Rev. Joghinda Gangar graduated in 1984 from Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, CA. He was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in 1986 and served churches in Calgary and Wellandport in Canada. Since 1998, he has been serving Trinity URC in Walnut Creek. Rev. Gangar was born in Punjab, India, and raised in England. He is married to Sheena and has seven children who ranged in age from 20 years to 6 years.
In February 2004, Rev. Gangar and his brother, also a minister, went on a mission trip to Punjab, their birthplace. This was the first time they had visited Punjab since they left as children 43 years ago. They were enthusiastically received and held three evangelistic meetings, each with about 300 present. Rev. Gangar desires to see this opportunity for missions continue and grow since the people seem to be open to the gospel.
Btw when Jesus encountered the rich young man in the passage above the conversation starts…
Mat 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Mat 19:18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Mat 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself
Certainly good advice from Jesus, and the man should have stopped there.
In Mark’s version, he notes Jesus love for the man, which as Pastor Ganger shares, is why when the conversation goes on Jesus goes deeper and deeper into the man’s heart.
Old John Gill, writes this about Jesus love.
Then Jesus, beholding him, loved him,…. Not as God, with that special love, with which he loves his people, who were given him by the Father, are redeemed by his blood, whom he calls by his grace, justifies by his righteousness, forgives their iniquities, and, at last, glorifies: but as man, he had an human affection for him; so far as there was any appearance of moral good in him, it was agreeable to him, who loves righteousness, and hates iniquity;
and though the young man betrayed much vanity, pride, and conceit, he did not use him roughly, but kindly, and tenderly;
he beheld him, he looked wistly upon him, when he said the above words; which look intimated, that he could not believe he had perfectly, and completely kept all the commandments; however, he did not choose to reproach him with a lie, and charge him with pride and arrogance, but gave him good words, and spoke friendly to him; and, as far as he could, commended him for his diligence in observing the commands:
in this sense the word is observed to be used by the Septuagint interpreters, as when it is said of Ahab, 2Ch 18:2, that he “persuaded him” (Jehoshaphat), they render it, ηγαπα, “he loved him to go up to Ramoth Gilead”: he gave him good words, he spake friendly to him, and by fair speeches prevailed upon him: and so when it said of the Israelites, Psa 78:36; “they did flatter him”, (God,) they render it, ηγαπησαν, “they loved him with their mouth”; spoke very well to him, and of him, praised him, and his works, and in this way expressed affection to him, though it was only with their mouths.
Moreover, Christ might not only speak kindly to this young man, but he might make use of some external gesture: which showed an human affection to him, and respect for him. Dr, Lightfoot conjectures it might be by kissing his head, which might be conveniently done, as he was now on his knees; and since this was frequently used by the Jewish doctors, as an expression of respect, of which he gives various instances; and more might be added, especially out of the book of Zohar, where we often read of one Rabbi kissing the head or another, or of his pupil.
But the sense of this phrase, which pleases me best of all, is what may be collected from the use of it among the “seventy” interpreters, who often render the Hebrew רחם, which signifies to “have compassion”, or “show pity”, by the word here used: so Pro 28:13, “whoso confesseth and forsaketh, shall have mercy”, they interpret αγαπηθησεται, “shall be loved” and Hos 2:23, “I will have mercy on her that had not obtained mercy”, they render αγαπησω, “l will love her that was not beloved”; once more, Zec 10:6. “I will bring them again to place them, for I have mercy upon them”, they translate οτι ηγαπησα αυτους, “because I have loved them”; see also Isa 60:10 and then,
according to this use of the word, the sense is, that Jesus looked upon him when he expressed himself in such a pert manner, and had a compassionate concern for him; he pitied him for his ignorance of the law, in its spirituality and large extent; for his pride and vanity, his conceit of, and glorying in himself: wherefore, in order to mortify him, and abate these swelling thoughts of himself;
Anyway listen to the sermon if you have time.
Another reading today show another good example of how we as children of God in grace and faith are encouraged to purse the right things, I think it applies as a lesson of living out the commandments and walking into our sanctification. Click the link for audio.