Pastor Bill speaks from Matthew 25:31-46.
It is important to tie this passage in with Matthew 10.
This is not a judgment based on works, but upon one’s acceptance and treatment of God’s messengers. In other words, these are all related questions: Was the Gospel of Christ received? Were the messengers of Christ’s Gospel received? Was Christ received?
He gathers all the nations before Him and separates people, not by ethnicity but by a different standard. The distinguishing mark of the ones receiving God’s favour here is that they are righteous, as described in 6 different works of mercy toward His disciples, His little ones. Reward or punishment are declared, both eternal in nature.
Here is a call also for Christians to be bold and spread this wonderful message.
Pastor Bill Speaks from Matthew 24.
Pastor Bill speaks from Matthew 22:15-45 where four different questions are raised. Three are venomous – put to Jesus by His opponents as they attempt to test Him or trip Him up. Jesus Himself poses the fourth question, getting right down to the heart of matters – His identity and authority.
Jesus’ insights are perfect on all matters; He sees perfectly and knows all things whether it be how to relate to earthly powers, the life to come, the law of God, and most importantly who he is – Son of David, Son of God.
Jesus He sees through the motives and intentions of those who stand before Him, exposing their falseness. His understanding, no one can fathom.
Here is a call to yield to His lordship and to seek His face. We must not seek to compartmentalize Jesus – thinking that He can only do certain things well. No – He is authoritative over all and does all things well. Seek Him and find Him. Ask Him for a third way, when no other options are coming to you.
Make time to worship and seek Jesus, who is all-wise and has all authority.