27th FEBRUARY 2023

Be Loyal to Christ's Brothers—Preach! | Simplified



Lv 19: 1-2, 11-18;                  Ps 19: 8-10, 15;                      Mt 25: 31-46


As we look at Matthew 25:31-46, we will discover three actions that will take place at the end of the world.

  1. There will be some sorting: We sort all types of things. We sort the lights, darks, and bright when we do laundry. We sort the boys and the girls at church camp. We sort the good Halloween candy from the bad Halloween candy. We sort the weeds from the good plants. We sort the encouraging church members from the troublesome ones. We sort lots of things, don’t we? Well, we see here, that at the end of the world, there will be a sorting by Jesus. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on the left. Well, what do the sheep and goats represent? That takes us to the next action that we discover in this passage:

  1. There will be some reward: The first group that Jesus addresses is the sheep; those on His right. There is so much truth packed in this short section of our passage! Here we notice that Jesus, the King, will say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” There will be some reward after this sorting, and it will be awesome.

  1. There will be some condemnation: Finally, this passage is pointing out a contrast. As there are sheep, there are also goats. As there is reward, there is also condemnation. “Then he will also say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared.

Think about the implications of this: the same judgment that is reserved for the devil and his angels will be poured out on those who reject God and His ways. This is so vital to grasp and understand. There will be a real sorting, there will be a real reward, and there will be real judgment.

Response: Your words, O Lord, are Spirit and life.

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