2017-11-19 – Matthew 25.31-46 – Doing Mercy

2017-11-19 – Matthew 25.31-46 – Doing Mercy

The Judgment of the Nations

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

2017-11-19 – Matthew 25.31-46 – Doing Mercy, pg 29

(No Wednesday Fellowship this week, and pass out Parents Letter)

Good morning everyone. It is so nice to be able to spend some time with you all in fellowship with the Lord. Thank you and God bless you for being with us today.

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Thank you everyone who participated or contributed. As you can see in this picture, it is great to be part of such a large effort that glorifies Jesus and helps families all around the world.

This is the last message in the series about The Parables of Jesus. I hope you have enjoyed these as much as I have. There are many ways to study God’s Word, and my hope is that you are learning to love reading your bible as much as am, and that you make it more of a priority in your life. As it says in Psalm 119:11 “I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.”

For the month of December we will be doing a short series on the Advent season leading up to Christmas.

Please turn in your Bibles to Matthew 25:19 in the Inspired, Infallible and Living Word of God.  But first let us Pray… 

2017-11-19 – Matthew 25.31-46 – Doing Mercy

This section of Matthew we have been going over these past few weeks in our bible is called The Judgment of the Nations, and the parable today is commonly referred to as The Sheep and the Goats. This parable comes on the heals of our last parable about the Talents and the one before it of the Ten Virgins. Each of those parables refers to a King or Rich Man that goes away and then comes back. And each of these parables ends with Jesus explaining effectively that He was going to leave them for a while but will return one day and they should be ready, they should be about doing God’s will, otherwise they will be held accountable. Today’s parable continues in that thought, and how the King will reward or punish the people accordingly. All three of these parables are part of what is called the Olivet Discourse which is an extended teaching given by Jesus Christ on the Mount of Olives, about the end of times.

Here in Matthew 25 verse 31, Jesus says:

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

Jesus starts right out in this parable by saying it concerns the time of His return in glory when He will set up His new kingdom. Therefore, the setting of this event is after the rapture and tribulation, and at the beginning of the millennium reign. Everyone at that time will be brought before the Lord, and as the Great Shepherd, He will separate all the people, the good from the bad.

34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’

The people that are considered the sheep of the Great Shepherd, who are on Jesus’s right hand are blessed by God the Father and will be given an inheritance. At first glance in these verses, it would seem that people are rewarded or saved by their good works. However, knowing that Scripture does not contradict itself, and the Bible clearly and repeatedly teaches that salvation is by faith through the grace of God only, and not by our good works. Then we must conclude that the good works mentioned here are not the cause of salvation but the effects of salvation. As Christians we become like Christ, we put-on His image. And Galatians 5:22 tells us that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Then the good works in a Christian’s life are the direct overflow of these traits or the fruit of the Holy Spirit within us. And we are only considered acceptable to God because of the relationship that exists between servant and Master, the saved and their Savior, the sheep and their Shepherd. I hope you understand this. The Holy Spirit inside us is what causes us want to do good works like taking care of strangers, the sickly and the prisoner. And in that God is well pleased.
37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

The beauty of our Christian life is that God is always with us and watching us. And the evidence (or fruit) of the Holy Spirit in us, is the good works we do. When we serve and love on our neighbor, God is pleased. Our God is not a disconnected God, He is hyperly-connected to you and knows your good works.
As parents these days we have the ability to be connected all the time with our children. We have cell phones and social media, and we sometimes even live vicariously through them as they are maturing and growing, and that is a good thing. However, God is omnipresent, which means He is everywhere all the time. He is really connected. And the Holy Spirit resides inside all His children. There is nothing you can hide from God. He has a super tracker on your hiney. Lol  Anyone watch the last of the Fast and the Furious super care movies? They had this one super-hacking device called “God’s Eye”. It could track anyone down in a minute all around the world, there was no place you could hide from “God’s Eye”. It would use all the cameras in the world, all the sensors in the world, all the cell-phones, satellites, radar, planes, drones and things to find you.. But as cool as that is, it is nothing compared to our God. God knows, (Everyone say “God Knows”). He knows you when your sleeping, he knows when you’re a wake, He knows when you been bad or good so be good for goodness sake. ( I digress J ). This verse here also kind of reminds me of being a parent. And just like God is pleased, when I see my children do good works, I am overwhelmed with joy.
41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Today’s message is titled, Doing Mercy. And I want to make two quick points. One is that we are drawn to show mercy to some people because they are Christians. The other is that we are drawn to show mercy to some people because they are not Christians. We are drawn to show mercy to Christians because we see Christ in them, and we are drawn to show mercy to unbelievers because we want to see Christ in them. We help suffering believers because they bear the name of Christ. And we help suffering unbelievers in the hope that they will choose to come to Christ. We need to be about a people that loves Doing Mercy.

Galatians 6:10 puts it like this: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
The word “especially” here is because there is the added delight of affirming in them what God has already done by saving them. So in mercy, we are carried by two motives: on the one hand, the desire to confirm and honor the Christ-exalting faith of a brother or sister who is suffering by giving them relief and help; and on the other hand, the desire to awaken Christ-exalting faith in suffering unbelievers by giving them relief and help in Jesus’s name and with a gospel message.

We see the very same teaching in Mathew 10:42, where Jesus said, “Whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” In other words, Jesus says that true Christians should be Doing Mercy and they will be rewarded for their efforts.

James explains how this fits with faith as the way of salvation: James 2:15-17, “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
If we don’t ever bear the fruit of practical love, “Doing Mercy” toward brothers and sisters, then our faith is dead and we are not saved.

In Luke 6:27 Jesus also said, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

If we are a true church, if we are true disciples of Jesus, then we will be drawn to be “Doing Mercy” to suffering people because they are Christians. And we will be drawn to be “Doing Mercy” to other suffering people because they are not Christians. That is what Jesus did, and that is what pleases your Heavenly Father.

It is not always easy to know what the good is in the complexities of people’s pain, or what mercy should look like in all circumstances. But Christ never said it would be easy. He simply said, Love your neighbor as you love yourself. And then He died and rose again to cover all our sin and made Eternal mercy possible..

Jesus Christ demonstrated His love for us by “Doing Mercy”. And we should be about doing the same. As we are entering into the holidays or holy-days season, I ask you to open your eyes, and open your hearts dear brothers and sisters.
In that God is well pleased.

Please Stand..

Luke 12:8 “I tell you the truth, everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.

God gives us all free will, and He desires fellowship with real heartfelt followers. People who want to Abide in Him. He already knows who will make that decision, and He already knows who will not make that decision. Which one are you?
God Loves You so much.

As Thanksgiving is upon us. Will you show your thanks to the father by trusting in His son Jesus today?

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Since this is Thanksgiving week. I want to thank you all for being here today and being part of our church family.

Thank You Teachers, Deacons, Choir members, maintenance and cleaning staff, Caregivers, ushers, Administration, Finance staff Trustees and volunteers.

Thank you all so much for all that you do for this church family and for God.

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I chose a Thanksgiving verse for you as a salutation if you will.

In Philippians 4:6-7 saint Paul tells us to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”