Like every year, Moravian brothers a year slogan from the Bible, it is a wonderful tradition that each year will be charged a special Bible verse the watchword of the year awards the Moravian. It is again: the year slogan of the Moravian Church for the year 2009 is among Christians again on everyone’s lips: “what is impossible in humans, is possible with God.”, so it is Lukas Gospel, chapter 18, verse 27. This verse comes from a story in which a rich young man Jesus Christ asks, what still missing him to obtain eternal life. Jesus answers him that he should sell his property in favour of the poor and to follow him. The young man is sad, because he wants to reluctant part of his wealth. The focus of the words of Jesus, not necessarily on the sale of the properties, but the succession is. Jesus responds to the negative adjustment of the youth with the words: how hard are those who have goods, enter into the Kingdom of God! Because it is easier to feel a camel through the eye of a needle, as that a rich man in the Kingdom of God comes into it.” (Lukas 18,25-25) Of course, this causes the bystanders to wonder who could be saved then anyway.
In our hemisphere, there are lots of rich people? And in this situation, Jesus speaks the words that now lie as annual slogan for 2009 ahead of us: “what is impossible in humans, is possible with God.” This means that the grace of God is big enough to redeem basically everyone who wants it to rich people just like poor people. Jesus trying to tell us but, it is more difficult with much wealth, to confide in Jesus. Because with us is: If you have enough money, has not too much to worry about other things. The money has a special effect: it can lead to greed, to want to have to do this more and more from him. Many rich people love money, they don’t remember to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
But still: With God, anything is possible. Also a billionaire can do penance and accept Jesus as Lord. The sincere will is one. Christmas is a good opportunity to become aware again. Eckart Haase