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“When the Son of Man Comes in His Glory…Uh-Oh”

March 27, 2013

[On that first Palm Sunday, Jesus Christ was welcomed into Jerusalem with great fanfare from regular people.

It’s long past that day, we’re not in Jerusalem, and he’s not riding on a donkey today.  How can we honor and celebrate Christ today?  Four chapters after the Palm Sunday scene, Matthew’s gospel account gives us three stories Jesus told to help answer that question.]

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory…

all the nations will sit before him…

and he will separate people one from another….”

—Matthew 25:31,32

This third and final story Jesus tells in Matthew 25 is the harshest.  It’s the clearest.  It’s the most judgmental.  And we’re the ones being judged.

Again, take the time to read Matthew 25:31-46 online here right now or grab your Bible and read it now.   Then come back here.

Jesus is not subtle.

Jesus says that His final analysis of us will be about how we treat other people.  Specifically, how we treat “the least of these.” (Matt. 25:45)

Like our first two parables this week, this one does not have a happy ending for everybody.

We get to choose.  We get to decide by our actions how it all turns out for us.

Jesus underscores and broadens the Old Testament’s directive to “Choose this day whom you shall serve.”

To serve Him is to serve “the least of these” all around us.  

What specifically does that mean for you here in the middle of Holy Week?

And what person or persons does that mean for for you today?

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4 Comments
  1. Janet permalink

    My life is fairly removed from the “least of these.” I wonder if God wants me to do something about that?

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  2. Glad you brought that up. A quote from John Wesley I almost used today: “One great reason why the rich in general have so little sympathy for the poor is because they seldom visit them. Hence it is that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers.” It’s clear what Mr. Wesley’s answer to your question would be.

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  3. Janet-maybe a mission trip? I’ve never been on one. I wonder?

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