Last Will Be First Redux – Mark 10:31

“But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Jesus presents the same basic Kingdom principle in the context of wealth as He did in reference to importance and recognition. A rich young man would not sell all that he had to follow Jesus, though he wanted to be a follower, because he had many possessions. Jesus remarked how difficult it is for those who are rich to follow Him into His Kingdom, but tempered His remark with the statement that all things are possible with God (meaning rich people can, in fact, be saved but it is more difficult for them to trust in God rather than their wealth than it is for the poor). He concludes by reiterating that those who seem to be closest to God may not be as close as they think and those who seem farthest from God are often the most redeemable.

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