Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property – along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life.
Jesus knows and understands that there is a cost to being His follower. For some they will own less as a result of putting Jesus and His ways first instead of putting their careers above everything else. For others they will be rejected by their families, and people that were close to them will want nothing more to do with them. But Jesus knows and understands what they are going through and says that they will not lose out because they put Him first. He will replace the things they lost: sometimes this will be physical things and other times spiritual things, but the sense of having been blessed by Jesus and having benefited from putting Him first will be just as real, whichever way He decided to do it.
But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”
His message here is: don’t worry if you feel and experience that you are not one of the important people, our significance and importance in this life is completely irrelevant to how things will be for all eternity. This life is just a brief passing phase compared to how long eternity spent with Jesus will last – it will be so much better than here!
They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear. Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him. “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.”
Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him and yet He still carried on. He didn’t run away from the future that was fast approaching, He knew this was the reason He was here: to die for us so we could be forgiven and go free. All of this must have really confused the disciples as they thought Jesus had come to rule and change things now for the better. Sometimes we can be confused by why God allows something to happen, but it is important for us to realise that God knows best and has His loving reasons for what is going on, rather than thinking He must have got it all wrong!
So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.
Jesus didn’t want the other disciples to be angry with James and John, so He called them all together to bring peace where there was the beginning of conflict. He told them to be different to how others were behaving all around them. His message was, don’t think of power and importance as a way to get what you want and to push others down. As a leader, serve others, give of yourself for their benefit and their good and not for your own gain. To be first, to be the most important in Jesus’ opinion, you need to be someone that serves others, helping them and doing things to make their life better.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus explained that He is showing them, through His life and example, what He wants them to do. Jesus, the King of the universe, didn’t come to this earth to be served by the people of this world, but He came to do things for others, to give them what they needed and to “give His life as a ransom for many”. Jesus knew and understood that we were being held hostage by the bad things we do and that we couldn’t free ourselves from the punishment we deserved for doing them, so He came and paid the ransom for us. He served us by taking our punishment when He died on the cross.
- Ask Jesus to help you to trust that you will not lose out if you choose to live for Him
- Ask Jesus to help you to move your focus away from here and now, to put it more on to the future that will be a time that lasts forever
- Ask Jesus to help you to believe that God never makes a mistake