Week of May 20, 2018

Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,6 you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

  • ALL ABOUT JESUS: Jesus teaches us these things so that our awareness leads to preparedness 

    • We must be aware that Jesus is coming back.
    • We must be aware that obedience is rewarded.
    • We must be aware that sin is punishable. 

 

  • When the tenth and final plague was about to sweep over Egypt, God sent Moses to inform the people of Israel of what was to come. The firstborn of every household would be killed. Moses job was to encourage the awareness of God in hope that they would prepare themselves. Jesus is teaching about his return “like a thief in the night.” Why does Jesus spend his last sermon talking about His divine return/judgment of humanity? What do we do with it?
  • Jesus awards obedience. This is not a works-based salvation. The people had no idea they were doing these things! It was a simple lifestyle of obedience. They love people because God loves them! Read John 13:34-35 at this time. How can we actively love people?
  • The things that Jesus mentions in this passage seem so minor! The great Jonathan Edwards said this: Every sin naturally carries hell in it… let us then consider, that though the next voluntary act of known sin shall not necessarily and unavoidably issue in certain damnation, yet it will certainly deserve it.” Do we have a high view of ourselves and a low view of the holiness of God? Do we really think all sin is damnable sin?
  • What should we be aware of? The only thing that can change us physically, spiritually, emotionally… the cross of Jesus Christ. He is calling his people to hear, repent, and run to Jesus. Spend some time in your group praying for one another. Pray that we are aware of the love of God and prepared to go and love others in the same way.
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