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Sheep and Goats


A sobering scene of heaven is described by Jesus in the book of Matthew chapter 25: “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. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.


“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. 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.’


“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, stranger, sick, or in prison?’


“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me… For I was hungry, thirsty, stranger, sick, in prison… and you did not look after me.’


What is Jesus saying about the role of compassion, the spiritual significance of good works, and the window into our souls that is opened through evaluation of our personal actions?

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