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January 2, 2005

May God bless YOU in 2005!

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Matthew 25:34

When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then he will sit on the throne of His glory…” - Matthew 25:31

We don’t see Jesus honored today, among all people, but one day He is returning to earth. At that time, He won’t come as a tiny baby in a manger. He will arrive as the King of the world!

“All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. – Matthew 25:32 & 33

Sheep are the object of a shepherd’s love and care. Jesus’ sheep are set on His right hand. This is a place of honor and favor—like being placed in first class on an airplane.

The goats, however, are on the left. Notice, it doesn’t say: on His left. The goats are secondary—not Jesus’ top priority.

Then the King talks to the “sheep”: Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” – Matthew 25:34

God gives the sheep the inheritance that has been theirs, from the foundation of the world!

Wow! Are you looking forward to an eternal inheritance from God? (Would you like one?) All the struggle, pain, suffering, trials, disappointments, longings, hopes and dreams of those who love and honor this eternal King (Jesus) will one day be rewarded with an inheritance!

Imagine the greatest possible scenario for your future. Now, throw it out: God’s inheritance will make it look like yesterday’s newspaper.  This kingdom has been prepared, from the foundation of the world, when it was planned, and Jesus has been working on the final preparations ever since (John 14:2)!

By the way, whatever happens to the goats? “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment…” Matthew 25:46. What a contrast! Instead of an eternal inheritance in God’s kingdom, the goats go to a place of unending punishment (Matthew 25:41).

How do I know whether I’m a sheep or a goat? Matthew 25:31 - 46 explains the difference. Basically, sheep act one way and goats act another. The sheep reach out and help the hurting; whereas, the goats don’t reach out to help them. God loves all people, not just people that look cool or successful. When we ignore those who are suffering, we despise the God who loves the poor, lonely and destitute.

As in other places in Holy Scripture (Psalm 1, for example) there are two ways of living—two paths. One is good; the other bad. One is blessed; the other cursed (Matthew 25: 34 & 41). There was godly Abel and godless Cain; godly Jacob and profane Esau; self-serving King Saul and King David, “a man after God’s own heart”. The issue is this: Do I want God or not.

In Joshua 24:15, we read: “…choose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Which would you rather have: an eternity with God, in His kingdom? Or an eternity prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41)?

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