“And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
There is much debate on this scripture.
Many believe there is a gate in Jerusalem called “The Needle Gate” which was so low a camel needed all baggage removed before it could stoop really low to go through the gate. However, if this was the case then Jesus would have said, “Eye of the needle” rather than “a needle”.
Another part of the debate is the Aramaic word for camel is can also mean a thick rope, which is also impossible to go through the eye of a needle.
Jesus is getting a different point across to His disciples.
In Jewish thinking, the rich were blessed by God, which is why they are rich. So these specially blessed individuals were going to heaven because God has bestowed such blessing on them.
Jesus obliterated that idea with His reply.
Riches do not mean you’re righteous with God.
What you think does not mean you are righteous with God.
What other people think does not mean you are righteous with God.
Righteousness before God only comes through what Jesus did on our behalf and through our acceptance of Him as Lord and Savior.