Sheep and Goats
Dr. Jerry Vines
These are the closing words of our Lord Jesus Christ in His last official sermon on earth. He will get His disciples together for some intimate teaching prior to His going to the cross, but this is the last time in a formal way the Lord Jesus proclaims a message to His disciples.
I want you to get the contrast now between what Jesus is saying here and what is getting ready to take place. We know that in just a few days now Jesus will be going to the cross, and yet Jesus Christ on His way to the cross is telling about sitting on a throne. We know that in just a matter of hours the Lord Jesus Christ is going to be judged, and yet Jesus in these verses is telling about sitting one day and judging all of the nations of the world. We know that the Lord Jesus now has been reduced to a few fearful disciples and yet He is talking about coming again and all of the holy angels of God with Him. Now, I'm here to tell you that either Jesus was a mad man or He is God. No man could make those kind of claims in the atmosphere in which Jesus found Himself if it was not true and if He is not indeed the Son of God.
Now, Jesus is telling about a subject here that is deeply embedded in the subconscious of every person. Jesus is talking about the subject of judgment. He has came to the conclusion of His message, and as Jesus always does in His teachings, He brings us right to the vital issues of life. Jesus Christ does not deal with trivial matters. Jesus Christ did not spend His time on trivial issues, but Jesus always moves to the great eternal principles of life. And so Jesus in these verses is talking about the matter of judgment.
Now, every person down deep inside knows that judgment is a reality. The Bible says that it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment. Somehow all of us know that there's going to come a time when we will stand before God. There seems to be a reality in the mind of every one ...
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