Sheep and Goats, or the Two Ways of Matthew 25

A shepherd is with his sheep. He is standing in front of a fence with dozens of sheep behind him. A barn or farm house can be seen on the other side of the fence. Some trees are visible further down the fence line. At the left side of the image the sun is peeping over some mountains on the horizon.

What can we expect when Jesus comes in His glory and sits on the throne of His glory? Many things, but one of them is division! Matthew 25:31-46 provides an incredible and terrifying glimpse of the judgment to come. In the passage, Jesus separates people from all the nations as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. This will be great from some, and horrible for others.

Conflicting Characteristics Between the Children of the Day and Those of the Night

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Recently we've been examining the idea of the Christian Faith being known as "The Way." As is taught in multiple places, there are only two ways that we can go in this life. Near the end of 1 Thessalonians we read of the conflicting characteristics between the children of the day and those of the night.

Facing Persecution as a Follower of the Way, and Still Strengthening the Disciples

In the foreground, on the left side of the image, Jesus is seen hanging from His cross. To the right, a dirt path through fields continues on for what appears to be quite far off. It goes on up to the horizon.

Being a disciple indicates that they were being taught. As they learned, they were traveling along the Way of Christ, and did not deviate from it. One impressive thing about them was that they were willing to be persecuted by others for their faith. Despite their terrible treatment, many were willing to be bound with chains and sent to far off cities for the name of Christ.

What is the Meaning of Being Circumcised of Heart, or the Circumcision of Christ?

A shining cross is floating over a tranquil body of water. Behind the cross are some distinctive red clouds.

Students of the Bible will be aware of the act of circumcision that was performed in the Old Covenant. It was commanded of Abraham, and also in the Mosaic Law. These are good to remember, but some may be surprised by other circumcisions in the Bible. Those being the circumcision of the heart, and the circumcision of Christ.

The Healing of the Centurion’s Servant and Jesus’ Authority

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One of the most well known aspects of Jesus' ministry was His miraculous healing ability. The gospel accounts are filled with stories of Him healing lepers, the diseased, and more. These miracles are used for a variety of reasons. Interestingly enough, there is at least one instance where a healing is related to the topic of authority.

Jesus Ate With Tax Collectors, Prostitutes, and Other Sinners, and We Can Too

A painting showing three Biblical scenes of mercy. The center shows a good shepherd carrying a small sheep on his shoulder. To the right of it is the prodigal son weeping into the lap of his father. The left side shows a man lifting a man up off the ground. It may be the Good Samaritan helping the man who was attacked on the road to Jericho.

In the Gospels, Jesus regularly ate with sinners. This is the case even for those who are often rejected in the New Testament, such as tax collectors and prostitutes. This is kind of surprising, isn't it? Absolutely! However, Jesus did not eat with them simply for the sake of physical nourishment. He was teaching them while they ate together.

The Apostle Paul Was Unashamed of the Gospel, and We Should Follow His Example

A close-up of a statue of Jesus. He is carrying His cross with a crown of thorns on His head. Drops of blood can be seen on His forehead, and other places of His head.

Paul's boldness was remarkable. He preached the Good News of Christ to Jews and gentiles alike, regardless of their economic or social standing. He taught the poor and rich, men and women, Jew and Gentile. He declared the resurrection of Jesus Christ to kings, and others in authority. All of which was without shame or embarrassment.