I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon His glorious throne, you who have been My followers will also sit on twelve thrones…. Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
Jesus didn’t say if the world would be made new but when the world is made new! That means there is a new world coming! Won’t that be awesome? In Revelation 21, the apocalyptic writer, John, revealed this in verses one and five when he said…
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. … And the One sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!”
Think of it! This world, as we know it, will not last forever! Theologians call this the great consummation, when God brings all things, as we know them, to an end and makes all things new! What will that new world look like? Jesus answers that in His reply to Peter with two vivid descriptions.
First, Jesus describes a new world order where the Son of Man sits upon His glorious throne! In this new world order, God will be in absolute control. There will be no political party to vote for or against. Jesus will sit on the throne! Revelation 11:14 describes it like this:
The world as now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.
When God establishes this new world order, the Bible says, in Philippians:
…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father! Philippians 2:10-11 (NLT)
Second, Jesus said that those who follow Him now are destined to reign with Him later.
You who have been My followers will also sit on twelve thrones…. Matthew 20:28b (NLT)
Had the rich young ruler realized that eternal perspective, he would not have walked away sorrowfully thinking of all that he was giving up to follow Christ but would have seen it as an investment in all that Jesus was going to give him one day! Jesus went on to tell His disciples,
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property for My sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. (Vs. 29)
Jesus said that His followers would, one day, reign in the new world to come! In Revelation 5:10 the Bible says,
And You have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.
In fact, Paul will really blow your mind in 1 Corinthians 6 when he writes a letter of rebuke to the church in Corinth for not settling their disputes among each other by saying,
Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? (Vs. 2-3 NLT)
How prepared are you for this new world to come? If you are a follower of Christ, you are destined for the throne to rule and reign with Christ in His coming Kingdom! Jesus turned this world’s values upside down! He said,
But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. Matt. 19:30 (NLT)
Every sacrifice you make today will be an investment in eternity! Be encouraged, Christ follower. There is a new world coming!