Matthew 25: The Message

This passage has had a renewed impact on me. It seems to be the filter through which I’m seeing most of my world right now. Reread it now – either again or for the first time – in a new refreshed way from the message paraphrase:

When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

“Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—

I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

“Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’

“He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’

“Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Me too Lames. I have hear this and read it a few times recently and I just can’t shake the thought that what Jesus is going to ask us when we finally see Him (regardless of this life we will be simply overwhelmed) is not about how many times I lusted or how many beers I drank.
    “When did you show me that you really loved me?”
    This following Jesus thing is really not as complicated as I make it look.

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  2. I referenced this in a post I wrote a last week (http://natewatson.blogspot.com/2008/01/apocalyptic-vomit.html) Christianity is a works oriented religion in nature.
    I agree with you, this should be everyones filter. Great post!

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  3. Hi,
    This post makes me think of the situations I have failed to show my love for my Lord Jesus Christ.

    Great!!! Today morning you really made me think about real life……………:)

    One should never forget the message of Mathew 25

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