一起读经 | 马太福音19:27-30

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马太福音19:27-3027彼得就对他说:“看哪,我们已经撇下所有的跟从你,将来我们要得甚么呢?”28耶稣说:“我实在告诉你们:你们这跟从我的人,到复兴的时候,人子坐在他荣耀的宝座上,你们也要坐在十二个宝座上,审判以色列十二个支派。29凡为我的名撇下房屋、或是弟兄、姐妹、父亲、母亲(有古卷添“妻子”)、儿女、田地的,必要得着百倍,并且承受永生。30然而有许多在前的,将要在后;在后的,将要在前。”

耶稣的国是翻转过来的。但是彼得未能全然领会,因为他在寻求忠实追随耶稣应得的奖赏。当耶稣告诉门徒他们会坐在12个宝座上,他是在预先指向那个时刻,整个(天上的)教会都会尊崇那些为了神的国而奉献自己的人。我不太确定彼得是否意识到这点,但耶稣肯定意识到了。

“在前的将要在后,在后的将要在前”。这就是耶稣所谈论的翻转的国。那些追随耶稣的人在有生之年都要处在末位。你会因为信仰被人嘲笑。你会因为蔑视财富和荣誉被人看不起。你会因为

爱耶稣并传扬他的名被人憎恨。对耶稣的门徒来说,末位就是一个好位置。

甚至不要想在天国里得到一个好位置,要为能在天国而满足。要为能站在耶稣的宝座前荣耀他而满足。耶稣呼召你在他的国里作王作祭司,我们追求的荣耀没有比这个更大的了。

祷告:主耶稣,你呼召我服事你和我周围的人。请提醒我,只要在你的国里寻得一个位置,末位就是一个好位置。荣耀、尊崇和颂赞永远归给你。阿们!

Matthew 19

Matthew 19:2730: 27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

         Jesus’ kingdom is really an upside down kingdom. Peter didn’t quite grasp it, however, because he was still looking for his reward for having faithfully followed Jesus. When Jesus tells the disciples that they would sit on twelve thrones, he was pointing ahead to that time in the whole church would honor those who gave all for the sake of the kingdom. I’m not sure that Peter was aware of that, however.  Jesus certainly was.

         “The first will be last, and the last will be first.” This is the upside down kingdom which Jesus was talking about. In this life, those who follow Jesus will always be last. You will be ridiculed for your beliefs. You will be despised because you think nothing of wealth and glory. You will be hated because you love Jesus and you want to make him known. Last place for the disciple of Christ is a good place to be.

         And don’t even think about earning a great place in heaven. Just be content to be there. Be content to stand before the throne and honor Jesus. Jesus has called you to be kings and priests in his kingdom. We need no more honor than that.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have called me to serve you and to serve the people around me. Remind me that being last is the best place to be, as long as I have a place in your kingdom. To you be glory and honor and praise forever.  Amen.

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