Tuesday: 29th May, 2018
Reference text: Mark 10:28-31
Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Even though the Patriarchs of the old testament never had the opportunity to encounter the person of Jesus himself, the record of their actions suggested that they would have had a very clear understanding of some of the words Jesus spoke to his disciples. In particular, the content of today’s Gospel concerning what it meant to leave all and abandon oneself to the service of God.
Hence, by looking back in time, we have evidence of the very words of Jesus being fulfilled in the life of these men, with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, being the classical examples. Abraham who left his father’s house to follow God was never represented as lacking in anything and in future generations, when it was dry and there was no rain, Isaac was asked to sow and Jacob dug a well.
In spite of all the tongues that spoke against them, God came through for them. However, it is the words of Peter in Mark 10:28 which should cause us to take a deeper thought: “Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee”. The tense used in his words were in the past perfect – to describe events that have ‘already been’. Therefore, we could say that in this context, his claim could only be made from the position of having already left and following.
To us however, the verse ought to have a different meaning because it can be put into two distinct tenses – what can be and what has been. We are given an infinite image to figure out and told of all the things we could have if we chose to follow him. So my dear, if you already are on God’s ship, then you have an idea of what you should be expecting and if you are yet to hop on, don’t be afraid to do so because it comes with many goodies.
Remember # Though prosecution is guaranteed with near certainty, amidst all that, a hundred fold is promised.