But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
To be last, as it is used in this particular passage, means to be last in time, place or space. It also means to be last in rank or last in grade of worth. It is so easy as people of Christ to feel last in rank or worth while living in this world’s carnal system. However God’s word promises that the last shall be first.
Just prior to this remark by Jesus, Peter had been saying to the Jesus how that the disciples had left everything to follow Him. That is what prompted Jesus to say, “And the last shall be first.” Jesus then begins to talk about all that He was going to go through and how He would eventually be delivered up, tried and convicted and then crucified. After all of that then would the last be made first.
In this world of instant gratification that we live in we want what we want and we want it now. Push a button and download it now. Certainly there is a peace and satisfaction that comes right now while I’m following Jesus but before the last are made first we must follow Jesus all the way to the cross and into a tomb of death, peacefully praising and worshiping the LORD until the Father’s resurrection power comes and makes the last first.
What a glorious day when we are resurrected by the Father’s glory just as Jesus was and we then spend eternity in the presence of God Almighty glorified by and with His eternal resurrection glory. As it says in Romand 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Blessed Jesus please teach me to patiently wait upon thee, in whatever tomb I find myself in, until the Father’s resurrection power comes upon me.