The sheep and goats!
Scripture reading for February 4th: Matthew 25
Jesus ended His teaching on the signs of the end of the age with a story about sheep and goats! “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.” (Matthew 25:31-33) Jesus will come again in heavenly glory with His holy angels. He will set on His throne in Jerusalem to judge the nations. What an awesome vision of the future time of Christ’s return!
This judgment will be of individual people and separates them ‘one from another’. The group on His right will be the “sheep” people. They will have followed their Shepherd and been obedient to His heart and word. They will be the ones who while on earth were the hands, feet, and mouthpiece of Jesus to the lost, hurting and imprisoned. Jesus will say to these, “Come, you who are bless by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” (Matthew 25:34)
The second group are the “goat” people. These were those from the nations that refused to follow Jesus or to do the works of compassion that flow from the heart of their Shepherd. Jesus explained to these that when they did not do the works He showed them, they mistreated Him! His final words to this group, “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41) May we each heed the warning of Jesus concerning His return!