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Turning Jesus Away

John Collins04/23/2012
In Matthew 25, Jesus gives his instructions of how to prepare for the Final Judgement.

He says that when the Son of Man comes into His glory, and all of the angels are with him, he will sit on His throne of Glory.  All the nations will be gathered together before Him, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, one on His left, and one on His right.

He did not say they would be judged according to how strictly they followed the rules.  They would be judged by how they showed their Divine Love to others.

Jesus said, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me."

He said the righteous will be puzzled and answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?"

Jesus said He will tell them that as they did these things to any one of the least of these, you did it to me.

He then said of the left side, that since they did not do these things, they did not do them to Jesus.  He would send them away into eternal punishment while he sent the righteous into eternal life.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we help others in need?  Do we help only those who attend our church, or do we help everyone?  If a natural disaster strikes, do we only help those who we feel worthy to help?  How many pastors have visited a hospital to pray for everyone inside?  How many have even visited a prison?  How many homeless live in this country compared to the number of Christians?  Are we turning them away?  In doing so, are we turning Jesus away?