“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.” — Matthew 25:31-33
The Good Shepherd
Jesus Christ is coming in all His splendor with the angels of Heaven to do something spectacular — to receive us into His Kingdom! When Jesus returns to gather His flock — His Church — He will immediately separate those who knew Him from those who didn’t.
The verses in Matthew 25:31-33 speak volumes in so many ways. But the most intriguing words that jump off the page are “sheep” and “goat.” Jesus always has a way with words. He brings out the characteristics of two animals who are completely opposite. Sheep are typically gentle, humble followers. They tend to bond well in flocks. Goats are typically prideful, independent and do not work well in flocks. They are stubborn, hard-headed and need a lot of training.
We all were once like goats, but by the grace and instruction of God, we can become humble sheep, gently led by the Shepherd to do His work. Are you ready for Christ to come back? If He comes today, which group will you be separated into?
We cannot afford to remain stubborn for one more day. Humble yourself and allow yourself to come under the gentle, yet, might hand of our Good Shepherd!
— LaMorris Crawford, Cincinnati Bengals chaplain
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