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Being a Servant of the LORD … Matt.25:31,33-40.

verse 31 – When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 

Ref: Zech.14:5. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake[fn] in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.  

Acts 1:11. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Acts 3:21. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

Acts 17:31.   For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Phil. 2:19-10.   I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 

1 Thess. 4:16.  Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 

 Heb.9:28.  Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.

Jude 14.  Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones    

Rev. 1:7  “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.     

Focus Point:   John is announcing the return of Jesus to earth (see also Mathew 24, Mark 13:  1 Thess. 4:15-18)  Jesus’s second coming will be visible  and victorious. All people will see him arrive (Mark 13:26) and they will know it is Jesus.  When he comes, he will conquer evil and judge all people  according to their deeds (matt. 20: Mark 20 :11-15,),   

verses 33 – 40.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 

Focus Point: This parable describes acts of mercy we all can do every day. These acts do not depend on wealth, ability, or or intelligence; they are simple acts freely given and freely received. We have no excuse to neglect those who have deep needs, and we cannot hand over this responsibility to the church or government. Jesus demands our personal involvement in caring for others reeds (Isaiah 58:7) There has been much discussion about the identity of the “brothers.” Some have said they are the Jews, others say they are all Christians; still others say they are suffering people everywhere. Such a debate is much like the lawyer’s earlier question to Jesus. “Who is my neighbor? “

(Luke 10:29). The point of this parable is not the who, but the what-the importance of serving where service is needed. The focus of this parable is that we should love every person and serve anyone  we can. Such love for others glorifies God by reflecting our love for him.  

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