Last will be First

Matthew 19:28-30  Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  (29)  And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.  (30)  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Matthew 20:1-16  “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  (2)  After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.  (3)  And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,  (4)  and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’  (5)  So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same.  (6)  And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’  (7)  They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’  (8)  And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’  (9)  And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.  (10)  Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius.  (11)  And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house,  (12)  saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’  (13)  But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?  (14)  Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you.  (15)  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’  (16)  So the last will be first, and the first last.”

Mark 10:29-31  Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,  (30)  who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.  (31)  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Luke 13:24-30  “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.  (25)  When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’  (26)  Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’  (27)  But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’  (28)  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out.  (29)  And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.  (30)  And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”