Matthew 25

Vs. 13, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”  Jesus continues the theme of reminding us how we should always be ready (vs. 1-13).  As you know, it’s been nearly two thousand years since Jesus would tell us to be ready.  Everday that goes by is reaching us closer to Jesus’ return.  The parable of the talents (vs. 14-30) is a exhortation to us to use wisely the talents (abilities) that God has given to us.  Each of us us have been richly blessed by God, so let’s not selfishly sit and do nothing.  And lastly, we come across the sheep and goats (vs. 31-46).  This is judgement day as Jesus gathers all nations to Him after the Tribulation and the 1000 year reign.  Of course, the sheep are the good and goats are the bad.

 

Regarding application…Reaching Out Your Hand.  Vs. 44, “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?”  Scholars believe that Jesus is referring to the Tribulation when those believing in Christ will need extra help because their faith is being persecuted.  Jesus is teaching us something beyond just this event though.  Jesus is reminding us we must be a Rahab to the spies and a Good Samaritan.  When we reacy out our hands to our neighbors we are powerfully showing our love to Jesus.  Especially to those Christians who are in dire need of help and compassion.  Question: Who can you extend God’s gracious love and help to today?