Peter began to say to Jesus,”We have given up everything and followed you.”Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands,with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
The kingdom Jesus has in store for his followers is not a continuation of what they know. Its not a variation on the current social structure. Its not an adaptation to cope with the Roman Empire. Its not a liberal ideology that blends Hellenic thought with Judaic thought. It is a complete, radical,and total change. It is a New Testament from the start. I wonder why Peter mentioned that the disciples have given up everything to follow Jesus? My first guess would be that he expected his reward, or at least he wanted to be informed on what the plan was . Was the reward similar to what other leaders gave their accomplices? Was it a job post, a financial reward, more land, a bigger house? When Jesus talked about this kingdom, what ran through Peters mind? Jesus tells him that he will receive something greater than he can imagine.He tells him it will take effort, and even sacrifice. Jesus also tells him to be patient.Those who rush into this kingdom wrongly will probably miss it, but those who steadily strive for it will be richly rewarded.