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.

The Two Gates and Ways of Matthew 7:13–14, and the One That Leads to Life

A path through a forest with trees on either side. The photo was taken in autumn, so there are no leaves on the trees.

Jesus begins this portion of His sermon by exhorting His hearers to enter through the narrow gate. For years, I felt like that was a surprising way to start the thought. Especially since He immediately changes His topic to the gate and way that we should not travel. As I reflect on it further, it actually does make sense. The reason is because the consequences of not entering by the narrow gate are horrible.

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

A line drawing of a Roman Centurion. The upper portion of his armor, with his distinctive helmet, can be seen. He is staring at the camera.

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.

The Parable of the Two Sons, Repentance, and God the Father

Clusters of grapes hanging in a vineyard.

Near the end of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus shares the Parable of the Two Sons. In the story, the first son doesn't remain disobedient. He changes his mind. He goes to the vineyard as his father commanded. He is obedient and does his will. We can also change our minds, and seek to follow the will of God the Father.