need to do. He is completely relying on his own great efforts to get to God. He wants Jesus to give him another commandment to follow or another list that he can check off. Jesus gives him more than what he bargained for. Jesus tells him to give up that which was most precious to him. This price was too great.
The price will always be too great. No matter who you are or where you have been or what you have done, the price will always and forever be too great. This is why Jesus says with man it is impossible. You cannot work, sacrifice or pay your way to God. It is impossible. We are without hope on our own and are absolutely lost.
When Jesus was being executed, there were two criminals that were dying with him.
One of the criminals said to Him "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
The other criminal had a completely different attitude and perspective and said to the first criminal "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."
He then said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
The second criminal could do nothing to earn God's favor. He was in the last moments of his life. A life that he admittedly made some bad mistakes. All he could do was ask Jesus to have mercy on him and Jesus promised to do so.
Who can be saved?
"With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."