Reading: Matthew 19:21-30
Pardon me, but sometimes, I just can’t help laughing about how Jesus’ disciples behaved. Do you react the same, or is it just me?
So here comes the rich young man who claimed to have kept all the commandments, and yet, a camel will find it easier to go through the eye of a needle than he entering the kingdom of heaven. The disciples were surprised with this statement from Jesus, and asked the Lord–who then can be saved? Jesus then answered that with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Now Peter proudly declares, ahem–“We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Hello? Weren’t we talking about salvation? Now that Peter was assured that he made the right decision, and that the Father is merciful and gracious to grant him salvation, he was trying to make sure there’s more! What a funny guy! But you know what–yes, there’s more! I am almost convinced that the audacity (but with so much honesty!) of this beloved disciple has endeared him so much to our Lord.
When I was a child, we used to whine to our Dad for leaving behind ancestral lands which we thought resulted to our relative poverty. In a very lighthearted and confident manner, he would reply, “When His kingdom comes, the Lord will re-establish the property to the family!”–to which we would all chuckle as if he were crazy. And now, many years after, I again come across this passage which I have read so many times before, but this time, takes hold of my attention:
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” (vv.29-30)
May you be blessed as you read God’s Word today.