TEXT: Matthew 25:41-46
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
The Judgment of the Gentile Nations (Part 5)
After discussing the actions and the reward of the sheep, Jesus turns to the actions and the reward of the goats. The goats are those Gentiles who do not believe in Christ in the last days and who do not help the Jews as they are being persecuted by the Antichrist. Jesus identifies Himself with His brethren in the flesh, saying, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.”
Like the sheep, the goats state that they never saw Jesus in these conditions. But Jesus replies, “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.” Most people, if they saw Jesus in need, would help Jesus of course. Jesus is perfect. He’s not like these other humans who don’t appreciate what you are trying to do for them. That’s how we think. But, what we don’t realize is that Jesus takes our treatment of others as treatment of Himself.
The goats did not act selflessly as the sheep did in caring for and helping to protect the Jewish people. They thought only of themselves and how they could escape persecution and discomfort. Jesus’ condemnation of the goats brings out an important principle, and that is that God holds us accountable for the sins of omission — those things that we do not do. The goats appear stunned that Jesus would say they were wrong for not helping others. But R.T. France said, “The ‘guilt’ of the cursed arises not so much from doing wrong things as from a failure to do right. To do nothing is seen as the road to condemnation.”
Furthermore, the lack of compassion and selflessness on the part of the goats proves that they are not part of the body of Christ.
The challenge for Christians from this passage is not just to check our actions and reform our behavior. Rather, it is to check our hearts and reform our hearts if need be. If we are not naturally compassionate toward others, including our Jewish brethren, we must examine our hearts and see if we are saved. The spirit of Christ is a spirit of compassion and love. It is a spirit of selfless sacrifice. It is a spirit that we ought to have if we do not want to be classified as goats and condemned to eternal punishment outside of God’s kingdom.
If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.