Matthew 19:29


"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life" (Matthew 19:29).



"When a father leaves his children others will well up out of the ground and take their place." I came across a statement like this while reading the Bible years ago. I never forgot it and could never find it again.


This is the closest I could come to a passage even slightly similar to the one you describe. At any rate, Matthew 19:29 is part of a long passage in which Jesus tries to describe for his disciples what he means by 'the kingdom of heaven.' He also describes the difficulty involved in achieving that elevated state of consciousness. "It will be hard," he says at 19: 23, "for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."

When the disciples become very agitated at this statement, Jesus reassures them that the sacrifices they have already made will not be in vain. At this point, late in his ministry, his "name" is Jesus Christ—not the man who is specifically Jesus of Nazareth, but rather the spiritual Nature of that man. He is calling his followers, throughout his ministry, to follow his example to find and express the Truth that we are all the Christ—the infinite, creative Power of the Divine.  

Since he is speaking as the Christ, his teaching is metaphysical, dealing with the divine power of Life, beyond the limits of the human experience. He is saying that the only way to achieve the kingdom is by focusing on the Christ—our true spiritual identity—over any and all human distractions. His words would deliberately shock his listeners since the family roles he names had the highest priority. It isn't that they need to physically separate themselves from family; they are free to enjoy all that those roles have to offer. However, it's essential to always know that while the roles are temporal, our true spiritual identity is infinite.


Rev. Ed