The Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.

MatthewThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » 25:31-46

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

November 23, 2014mt25.40b

(Last Sunday after PentecostThe Church on Pentecost Day. Read more ... », ChristHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » the KingWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » & ThanksgivingIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » Sunday)

Introduction

In my last sermonThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » I told you that it was an introduction of JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... »’ teaching on the future judgment. In our passage today, we see the future scenario of that judgment where the SonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » of ManYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... », who is also the Judge and King will judge all peoples and separate “the sheepThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » from the goats.” We might also see the merciful favor of the King to the least amongst us.

 I. The PromiseThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... »: Jesus Shall ComeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » Again

In Matthew 25:31, Jesus promised that he would come again in his gloryJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... ». He said, “But when the Son of manLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » shall come in his glory, and all the angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory.”

What a glorious day! It’s like in the movieBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... » that the conqueror comes back home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » with all his soldiers, and the people are shouting for joy. Tetelestai“It is Finished!”. Read more ... »! Tetelestai!

In this verse, Jesus made sure that he will come back with full of his glory, and he will sit on the throne as a king and judge.Last Judgment

II. The ProphecyProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... »: Judgment Shall Separate the Sheep from the Goats

In this passage Jesus told a prophecy on Judgment Day. Jesus said, “All the nations will be assembled in front of him, and he will separate them out, one from another, like a shepherdThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » separates sheep from goats. He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who have been blessedThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » by my FatherHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »! Inherit the kingdomThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » prepared for you from the foundation of the worldJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » (Mt.25:32-34).

Usually Jesus used parablesA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » to teach spiritual truths by means of earthly situations. So this parableWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » of the goats and the sheep tells an earthly example of an spiritual reality.

At night, goats need to gather together for warmth, while sheep need open space. Because of this, a shepherd would separate them. This is the picture in Jesus’s storyYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... ». Of course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... », for his hearers, this picture was familiar from their everyday lives. So this is a picture of separation, and it’s how Jesus describes the nations being judged by GodWhat is Life?. Read more ... » (http://www.facingthechallenge.org/matthew25.php ).

However, make no mistake of thinking that goat is unclean than sheep. Actually based on the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » they were both clean animals, and they were both sacrificial animals (jewishencyclopedia.com). In the ancient world, sheep was given higher value due to its monetary value. Its skin was expensive, its meat was expensive, and its milk was expensive. However, goat’s meat and milk were lesser expensive. Even in modern times, sheep is more expensive than goat. So this parable of the goats and the sheep tells an earthly example of an spiritual reality.Matthew 25 40

Jesus used this parable just to differentiate the two kinds of people in his future judgment.

It is clear that this parable of the sheep and goats that it is “actions” that determine who the sheep are, and who the goats are.

It goes along with Jesus ChristThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “You will knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » them by their fruits…every goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » treeThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » bears good fruitThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Matthew 7:16-19).

Of course, salvationA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » cannot be obtained through good deeds and works, but such things are expected of those who are saved. Works and good deeds are the visible fruit of those who have been saved by God’s saving graceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ».sheep_and_goats

Essentially, one’s acceptance of salvation through Jesus Christ is seen through one’s actions. Those who accept God’s gift of salvation will repentThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », and will serve God with their good actions.

Basically, this means you can “see” who is saved and who isn’t by their good actions, that is why many who have recently been saved will get comments like, “What happened to you? It’s like you’re a different person.” People see changes in you.

Their sudden changeJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » in lifestyle and decisions, which is a direct result of their acceptance of Jesus Christ and salvation, causes people to be surprised (http://www.messiah-of-god.com/parable-of-the-sheep-and-goats.html ).

 III. The Preparation: Judge Prepares Two Places

In this parable, Jesus mentioned that the goats will be on the left side“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » of the King, and later on they will be judged and cast out to eternalThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » fire and punishment.

However, the sheep will be on the right side of the King, and they will inherit the Kingdom of GodThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » where they will enjoy eternal lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... ». Matthew 25:34 says, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

Conclusionobamaimmigration1

What’s going on? Both goat and sheep are clean animals, and are meant for sacrificial offeringThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » to God, but still the King favors the sheep!

The parable hints that both of them are showered with the grace of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ». However, only the sheep enjoyed the favor of God at the end. This reveals that God knows who are true believersHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » through their actions!

The King says, “Come, you who have been blessed by my Father! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, because 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 welcomed me. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sickLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », and you took care of me. I was in prison, and you visited me” (Mt.25:334-36).

Both the righteousThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » and the wicked asked the King, since they were stirred, LordThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... », when did we see you hungry and giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » you something to eat, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcomeWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » you, or see you naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ (Mt.25:37-39).

Then the king answered them, “I tell you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » of these brothers of mine, you did it for me” (Mt.25:40).

Last Thursday night, Nov 20, 2014, PresidentMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » Obama announced his executive order on immigration. About 5 million undocumented aliens will be benefited with that order. He used the BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... » to amplify his points.

He said, “Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » of a stranger — we were strangers once, too. My fellow Americans“Today, You Will be With Me…”. Read more ... », we are and always will be a nationProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship. What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal — that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will” (http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/politics/obama-immigration-speech-transcript).

Obama quoted ExodusJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » 23:9, but I believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » the best text for his intention is our passage today. “. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me by giving me working visa!” (J )  Kidding aside, giving aliens legality to mingle and work with us in AmericaIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... »  will help them supportJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » their families back home, and some people will assure longer fellowship with their families here in America. Whatever are their political“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » reasons, I believe when America is helping the strangers, and the least in our society we are doing it for Jesus.

Someday, the King will ask each one of us, what did you do to help the least among you? What did you do to help the homeless, the hungry, the prisoners, the sick, and the undocumented aliens?

God said in Amos 5:21-24, “I hateWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... »—I despise—your feastWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » days, and your solemn convocations stink. And if you send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » up burnt offerings to me as wellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » as your grain offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I consider your peaceHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » offerings of fattened cattle. Spare me your noisy singing—I will not listenThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to your musical instruments. But let justiceThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » roll on like many waters, and righteousnessPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... » like an ever-flowing river.”

In other wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », God said I don’t like your celebrationMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », your praisePGF the Lord!. Read more ... » and worship, I don’t like your offerings, even your musical band. However, if you uphold justice and righteousness I will be very happy.

Do you want the Judge-King to be happy in Judgment Day? Let justice and righteousness for the hungry, for the homeless, for the sick, for the prisoners, for strangers roll down as waters, like an ever-flowing river.

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