The Great Judgment and the Two Verdicts of the King
Jesse M. Hendley
Matthew 25: 31-46
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Matthew 25, verses 31 through 46. I want to speak to you today on a very important subject, the terrible FACT of coming JUDGMENT and the two verdicts of the King.
Now listen to me carefully, for this is an exposition of the Word of God and the very words of JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. These are HIS WORDS, let me remind you.
People don't want to think much about this today, and yet they should. We SHOULD THINK about the solemn things. We should not close our eyes to what is COMING in the Land Beyond, the terrible judgment and the verdicts of the King!
The Gospel of Matthew, from which these words are taken, is called "The Gospel of THE KING," and the King is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. This Gospel mentions a King, and the King is Jesus. It mentions a Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, numbers and numbers of times. That is why the Gospel of Matthew is called "The Gospel of the KINGDOM." The Kingdom of God is THE RULE OF GOD over men on the earth, the rule of God in individual lives here on earth.
We have three things revealed in Matthew:
First, THE PURPOSE of the King. What was THE PURPOSE of Christ's coming into this world and living at God's right Hand and coming again? It is to see that GOD'S WILL would be done on earth, even as it is in heaven! When He taught us to pray that prayer, He didn't teach us to pray it, in vain. THERE IS COMING a Day when God's "will," WILL be perfectly done and nothing else---over the whole face of the earth. That is THE PURPOSE of the King! That is the reason HE MUST come again: TO FULFILL that thing.
Secondly, the PASSION of the King. He has GIVEN HIS LIFE to begin this, and to make it possible for men NOW to do God's will, here and now. That is the reason Christ DIED. But His death was not the whole story. His whole work wasn't completed, when He died on the cross. He hasn't c ...
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