“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” (Matthew 20:16)
When we read this Scripture alone and look at it in a natural sense, we would almost automatically think that it is talking to us about the changing of positions, or maybe even of value. But looking at it from (or in) a Godly sense (a super-natural sense), we should see that it speaks to us about God’s Amazing Grace!!
The Grace that He has for all mankind – and especially for those whom He has called:
“And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” (John 1:16)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Examine the story behind our text verse; it would be impossible to change the amount of hours that were worked by the different workers, because it would be impossible to change the time that they began to work. And because it was time to get paid for a day’s work, there was no time for make-up work. The day was gone! There were some chosen to work the full day, and some only for one full hour. But they all received the same pay.
Thank God for His Amazing Grace!! We all receive Grace, because He is Good!
“Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?” (Matthew 20:15)
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)
There is a song that talks about the Cross of Jesus Christ being the place of level ground for all mankind. It is there that we believe God openly offers His Grace to all mankind. In Jesus, and in Jesus alone, have we received the payment that God has promised. He is the Householder. He is always Faithful – whether we are faithful for one hour, or for twelve hours. Even if we are not faithful or even if we are not one of the called or chosen – He is yet Faithful.
When we enter eternity, where no time is, I don’t think anyone there will be able to say that they have been there a certain amount of days, months, and years longer than we have.
The terminology that Jesus uses in parables can be seen and understood by those to whom the Holy Spirit of God reveals its meaning. This is one of Jesus’ ways of relating to His People about His Truths. It is not about how much work we have done, but it is about what our God has promised.
Jesus died only once!!
Jesus died once for all and for all our sins!!
“Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” (Hebrews 7:27)
“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” (Hebrews 9:28)
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)
“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)