Scripture: Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46 31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world…” 41Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…” 46 Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.
Devotional: On this day during Holy Week, Jesus taught in the temple and called out the religious leaders for their hypocrisy, then withdrew to the Mount of Olives where he taught the now famous Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:1 – 25:46, Mark 13:1-37, Luke 21:5-36).
In this teaching, Jesus speaks of the judgment that awaits mankind, judgment we surely all deserve because of our sin. But Jesus’ message also holds out hope for those who embrace Him as Messiah and are clothed with the righteousness of Christ. Judgment is deserved, but mercy is given.
This teaching is hard, because none of us want to imagine anyone’s fate being cursed, eternal judgment. But the reality is, we are all offered the gift of salvation and eternal life. That is why Jesus died. Have you received this gift?
- As you read these words of Jesus, are you assured of your inheritance in the Kingdom of God? You can know that you have received eternal life when you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. 1John 5:13 says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
- If you are uncertain, there is no time like the present to pray a prayer of surrender, acknowledge Christ’s sacrifice on your behalf, and receive Christ as your Savior. Let us know if you take this step by emailing us at , we would love to send you a Bible and information for next steps in your spiritual journey.
- If you are walking in the blessed assurance of your salvation, who do you know who needs to hear this Good News? Pray for them now.