Earlier Jesus amazed his disciples when he told them how very
difficult it is for a man with money to enter the kingdom of heaven.
At that time, people considered prosperity as the sign of a good man
that God must have blessed. So if it was difficult for a rich man to
enter the kingdom of God, who could?
Jesus declared positively that without God, it is utterly impossible
to be saved, but with God, everything is possible. Meanwhile, Peter’s
mind must have been working over time. They were following Jesus
through thick and thin, giving up whatever they had for love of and
belief in Christ. Peter, who was always forthright, blurted out, “What
Jesus assured Peter that anyone who gave up things for love of Christ
would receive back a hundred times over what was sacrificed. And this
reward would be his on earth and for all eternity. Furthermore, those
considered greatest on earth may be the least important in heaven.
Conversely, those considered the least shall be the greatest there.
Take heed therefore, those who enrich themselves at the expense of
their fellowmen, life is short, and at death, as the saying goes, “You
can’t take your riches with you!”