“Those who heard this asked, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.’” (Luke 18:26–27, NIV84)
If it easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, then the people listening to Jesus asked the right question, “Who then can be saved?” They heard Jesus’ parable and understood it very clearly. Camels cannot go through eyes of needles. It’s impossible. Do you see it any differently? Of course not! It’s obvious. But now the crowd’s question is our question. “Lord, who then can be saved?” How does the impossible become possible? It doesn’t. That’s why it is impossible. Unless you’re God! Listen to what He says to a nearly 100-year-old Abraham about his future son: “Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14)
You see, the God who makes it possible for barren old women to have children, for enslaved nations to find liberty without a fight, for the dead to live, to make everything there is out of nothing, to give sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, is the God who can create faith in our dead and disobedient hearts and make us born again. He alone can do such great work. Our faith is not in our faith, it is in the God who created that faith by changing our hearts of stone into a heart of flesh. There is nothing too difficult for our Lord and Savior! We put our hope and trust in His mighty power to redeem and save us. Our assurance of membership in the kingdom of God is not in our acts but in His act of redemption and His power to create life from that which is dead.
“What is impossible with men is possible with God.”