April 07, 2020 – Tuesday
Mark 10:29-30 NIV
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the gospel
30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
First of all an apology. Yesterday I sent out the verses of the day identified as Mark 24:16-17 which is obviously an error as Mark has only sixteen chapters and the correct heading should have been Mark 4:16-17.
Today the chapter and verses above are correct so let’s go ahead and proceed. Our verses today come after Jesus conversation with a young rich man who wanted to know what he had to do to inherit eternal life (v17). Things went well in the conversation until Jesus said, One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me (v21). Upon hearing this the young rich man’s face fell and he departed sad because he had great wealth (v22). Clearly he did not own the wealth, but the wealth owned him as he could not give it up for eternal life.
Jesus followed his departure with words about how difficult it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. He followed those words with It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God (v25) after first saying, Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! (v24).
This left the disciples amazed, asking who then can be saved and Jesus replying with God all things are possible with God (v24-27). With this Peter spoke up saying, We have left everything to follow You! (v28) leading directly to our verses for today: “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for Me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”
How to tie this all together? First of all, unlike the young rich man, the disciples did leave everything behind to follow Jesus as Peter stated. In doing so Jesus wants them to know there will be great honor for all who sacrifice for Jesus’ sake. AND whatever is given up for Him will be rewarded many times over in addition to the promise of eternal life. Plus any persecutions faced in this life will result in great rewards in the next. Then Jesus adds But many who are first will be last, and the last first. In other words when God rewards, expect the unexpected. Spurgeon stated “In the final account, it shall be found that no man has been a loser through giving up anything for the Lord Jesus Christ though he has his own method of deciding who are to be first and who are to be last.”
Bottom Line: No matter the price we pay here, this side of heaven, the rewards in heaven will greatly dwarf anything we might have given up or suffered here in this life. Great encouragement from our Lord and Savior.
Riley D. Driver-Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton