The First Resurrection
Read Luke 14:12 – 14.
"And thou shalt be blessed: for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just" (v. 14).
The first step in studying "The Parables of Jesus" is to define a parable. I understand a parable to be "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning" or significance. And Jesus was the Master in the use of parables to illustrate truth.
In our reading for today, there is a reference to "the resurrection of the just," sometimes called the first resurrection. One of the beautiful things about this first resurrection is that Jesus promises that the just will be repaid in eternity for the good things done on earth. In the exercise of Christian principles of living, we may do good things on earth that will never be repaid or known until eternity. But there God's children will be richly rewarded.
So set your affections on the rewards of eternity, and never let seeming ingratitude for your good works here rule your spirit. (Leonard Sankey)
Moses esteemed "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward" (Hebrews 11:26).
Don't let our culture's thirst for instant gratification destroy the Christian hope of the resurrection the Bible promises