34KingA20. Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17. “I myself will look after and tend my sheep.” “I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark.” After expressing such deep concern and caring for his sheep as the God who loves us dearly, God says, “I will judge between one sheep and another.” We as his sheep are responsible for our behavior. Some of us obediently follow our shepherd but some do not. Judgement will separate those who followed our God loyally from those went their own way.
Matthew 25:31-46. At his first coming to earth, Jesus came as a helpless baby. When he comes the second time, he will come the king “in his glory, and all the angels with him.” “He will sit upon his glorious throne and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another,” the good from the bad. He will send the unrighteous or unjustified “to eternal punishment but the righteous to eternal life.” Neither the righteous nor the unrighteous recognized Jesus in the lowliest and neediest of people. However, the righteous were compassionate to those who were in need; whereas the unrighteous were not. To be righteous or just means to be at one with the mind of God or to think and act as God thinks and acts and would have us also do. The leper in Mark 1:40-41 knelt before Jesus and pleaded to Jesus to make him clean. Jesus “moved with pity, stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”
In this Sunday’s parable the king said, “Whatever you did for one the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” The least or the lowliest of humanity seek God’s help because they are without any resources to help themselves. God fills their helplessness with his pity and compassion. God is there in them because of his love for them.
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28. “For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life: Christ the firstfruits; then at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign.” As Adam, our forefather in the flesh, died, we human beings must also die in the flesh. However, Jesus, our brother in the flesh with the power of his divine origin, resurrects us from earthly death so to give us, who belong to him, eternal life. At his second coming Jesus reigns as the king who destroys all other claims to authority and power, even death itself. With all challengers to God’s authority laid waste, it will be clear that God is “all in all.” God is everything. All that is not of God, in union with him, will be worthless. God’s plan in the fullness of times was “to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.” (Ephesians 1:10) God put all things beneath Jesus feet “and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.” (Ephesians 1:22)