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08/23/2010

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Regeneration


"So Jesus said to them, 'Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on the twelve thrones" (Matt. 19:28).

It has been known for centuries that the starfish (not a fish) eats clams and oysters. (I won't go into the gory details) When an oysterman would bring up a starfish with his catch, he would often tear it into pieces and throw it back into the water. If you remember your biology class, that was not a good thing to do, because the starfish, Asteroidea by class, has a unique power known as regeneration. They found out years later, much to their chagrin, that each piece of starfish thrown back into the water could grow into another starfish. Earlier in the nineteenth chapter we see the sad story of the Rich Young Man. We remember that he went away in sorrow because he had many possessions. Don't you imagine that it was with a hint of pride an arrogance that Peter asks the Lord, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?' " (V27) What Jesus had to offer them and us has nothing to do with honor and prestige in this life. What He speaks to them about is regeneration. We can make the starfish application here. It speaks of a new creature. Jesus was looking ahead to the church and beyond.

When Peter made reference to what they had left, Jesus wanted them to know that everyone who followed Him would possibly have to leave things or relationships behind. Enter regeneration! Jesus promised that they would be more than justly compensated for their sacrifice. In this new life, the regeneration, they will find a new family and a new place in which to belong. On an even more important note, there is the reward of eternal life. Kind of like the starfish being torn apart and becoming new, earthly losses pale in comparison to eternal rewards. His final reminder in verse thirty reinforces the teaching..."But many who are first will be last, and many who are last shall be first." It may not be how the world views it, but it is out of the mouth of Jesus...Regeneration is real....We will one day be the stars. By the way, a better name for the starfish, which really isn't a fish, is the Sea Star.

Have a great beginning to your week...Start it out with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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