Summary

Do we serve our fellow neighbour?

Key Scripture

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 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.

“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. 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.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Matthew 25: 31 - 46
The example of Jesus
  • Jesus is not just our king, but an example.
  • Jesus judges our practical help and elevating of suffering.
  • Our service of Christ is directly related to our services of other human beings.
Important Takeaway

Jesus’ kingdom is incomparable, immortal and involves us directly. 

Jesus' kingdom is incomparable
  • It’s not built on political or military power.

  • The rejected and outcast are given the highest honour

  • Those who deal well with them are given the highest praise.

Jesus' kingdom is immortal
  • Jesus’ kingdom has been there since the beginning of the world.

  • It’s only the kingdom of God that will last forever.

Jesus' kingdom involves us directly
  • Whether we’re in church or in our community.

  • How will we stand before the throne of God?

  • How do we treat others?

Conclusion
  • How we live in the light of the grace that we’ve received from Christ?

  • How do we respond to the grace?

  • Do we serve our fellow neighbour?

  • What kind of church will we be?

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