How It Ends
April 5, 2020 - Jacob Prahlow
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Matthew 25:31-46 (ESV) “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 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. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
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. 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, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 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. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 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.’
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?’ 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.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The Context for the End
We all want to know what will happen at the end.
Matthew 24-25: All about judgment and the end.
Three Questions about this Parable
#1: Are we even sure this is a parable?
#2: What about the final destinations mention in verse 46?
The way you live your life not has implications for eternity!
#3: How hard is this separating sheep from goats thing?
Big Idea: Do for the least what you would do for the Lord.
Twist: What we’re going to be judged on.
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did
it to me.” (Matthew 25.40)
“Those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.” (1 John 4,.21)
“Show me your faith by what you do.” (James 2.18)
“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4.19)
Your Question: Are you a sheep or a goat?
How do we do for the least what we would do for the Lord?
- We get our thinking straight.
- We get our actions right.
- Share the Good News: “proclaiming good news to those in need, binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to the captives, and the release from darkness to prisoners.” (Isaiah 61.1)
Application Question: How are you loving the least of these?
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