The disciples were amazed at his words but Jesus said again: “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus: “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Peter: “We have left everything to follow you!”
Jesus: “I tell you the truth, no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age(homes, brothers, sisters, mother, children and fields – and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last and the last first.”
Jesus’ words: how hard it is…with God all things are possible, no one who has left…will fail to receive, this age…eternal life, first will be last, last first. All opposites. The kingdom of God cannot be viewed on mankind’s terms. Mankind’s terms would make it impossible, in fact by these words, non-existent. And many today do just that, make it non-existent. But the kingdom of God is not on mankind’s terms, but God’s.
This is not our doing. We let first go first, consistently, and teach it to our children as the polite thing to do. A camel through the eye of the needle, the name given to a gate to the city. Camels carry cargo, and must drop the cargo to enter the city. Rich carry ‘cargo’ and must drop the ‘cargo’ to enter the kingdom. Hard to do; “I worked for it, it is mine”…have we heard that?
Take away – the disciples asked: “Then who can be saved?” From what? disease, oppression, anything we allow to rule us? God has already accomplished the impossible. On His terms…sent Christ, Christ died, rose again and we can receive this gift. In doing so we receive the impossible. Again, on His terms. We become who He says we are and then can do what He says we can through Christ. His Word is alive and active within and through us.