Many who are First will be Last

Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Sometimes it seems so difficult to follow Jesus. Sometimes, when life seems so unfair, we simply need to hear the Holy Spirit whisper in our hearts that we will inherit eternal life. And to be sure, life is unfair - people who do bad things do not always get caught and people who consistently do good things do not get rewarded. To these Jesus speaks of the consequences of our deeds after we die.

Do you ever wonder what Jesus means when he speaks of his followers sitting on thrones and judging? Some might think that the twelve thrones are reserved for the apostles but I imagine them to simply be metaphors that speak to the way that the unfairness of this life will be made fair. In that day the pecking order of this age will expire.. things first in this world will be last and things last will be first.

I long for heaven Lord. I long for a day when things will be made right.


  1. I love this passage because it really demonstrates the radicalness of what Christ was saying. I also think it speaks to the "religious" and their possible belief in an entitlement through works or religiousness, and Jesus is saying that stuff is the least important.

  2. I too look forward to the day when everything will be made right......sigh.

    Peace to you and Ann........

  3. The day the pecking order will expire....that will be a glorious day.


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