“Judgment Day.” When you hear those words, what do you think of? Arnold Schwarzenegger or fire and bristone? Peace and love? Sheep and goats? In the Apostles’ Creed, we state that Jesus, from the right hand of God, “will come to judge the living and the dead.” What does this mean?
The Bible – Old and New Testaments – is replete with allusions to a coming judgment. In the Old Testament, it was most often referred to as “the Day of the LORD” (as in Joel 2.31). In the New Testament, Jesus’ return and judgment can be found in several places (check out the LifeConnect Group questions below for some references).
For this message, I chose the difficult passage from the Olivet Discourse in Matthew 25.31-46 to help us understand the reality of the coming judgment. Many people read this and think that our ticket to heaven is all about how we help the needy, but a more careful reading suggests otherwise. “These brothers (and sisters) of mine” actually refers to followers of Jesus!
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