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. [Matthew 19:27-30]
Sometimes it seems so difficult to follow Jesus and live like he did.
Especially when life seems so unfair and hardships are prolonged.
In such times we need to remember 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.
Ever wonder what Jesus means when he speaks of his followers sitting on thrones?
Some might think that the twelve thrones are reserved for the apostles.
I see it more as a metaphor of how the unfairness of this life will be made fair.
In that new day the pecking order of this age will expire.
Things first in this world will be last and things last will be first.
It causes me to hope in times when I feel discouraged and alone.
I long for heaven Lord. I long for a day when things will be made right.
... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.