Vs. 31, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.” The three parables we read in our passage today refers to when Jesus comes back! But it’s not all good news…we also see that this will be a time when Jesus seperates the foolish and wise (vs. 1-13), the faithful and unfaithful (vs. 14-30) and the blessed from the cursed (vs. 31-46). There is a stern warning to always be prepared in the wedding banquet parable. Working at a bank, I’ve learned the wisdom in smart investing and foolish investng and how we should not waste away what God has given to us. And in the last parable, we are pleasantly suprised to see that there are little things we do that can beneift Jesus!
Regarding application…Doing it for Jesus. Vs. 35-36, “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.” What a profound statement and a encouraging reminder that when we love others, we are really loving Jesus! I truly believe that Jesus brings opportunities in our lives to love Him more and in some ways test us to see if we practice what we preach. Working in the bank, one of the things the corporate side will do is having “secret shops” done at each branch. These secret shoppers act like customers, look like customer, do transactions like customers…but they are really representing our bosses. They are testing the branch employees to truly see if we are really caring for our customers and providing excellent service. Sometimes we think we know that someone is a shopper so we will treat them very well. But the whole point of this is to remind us that we should be treating everyone with kindness and compassion. We shouldn’t be nice just to the obvious people in our lives, we should help all know that Jesus is always “secret shopping” us!