Steven A. Bush - December 7, 2014

The Least of These

The Least of These

Towards the end of what many scholars refer to as the Olivet Discourse--Matthew 24 & 25, Jesus talks frankly with His disciples about the final judgment.  This takes place just days before Jesus would sweat bloody prayers nearby on the night before His crucifixion.  Our Lord illustrates the final judgment using the contrast between sheep and goats. (Elsewhere He does the same with wheat and tares as well as good fish and bad fish.)  Jesus' heart towards the lost, the last, and the least of these, the benefactors of His earthly ministry, is well documented throughout all the gospel accounts.  But here Jesus declares that our treatment of the least of these is indicative of our hearts towards Him personally.  Matthew 25:40 says: "And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me.’" (ESV)  While the debates are legion with respect to who Jesus' brothers actually are, the implications are nonetheless staggering.  Just as love compelled Jesus to leave the glories of heaven to come for us, His love at work in us and through us will likewise compel us to leave what's comfortable in order to bestow comfort upon those in need.  Or at least love should have that compelling effect...

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