Jesus is the Judge

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November 26, 2017. In the story of the Sheep and the Goats from Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus divides people into “sheep” who will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and “goats” who are sent to eternal damnation, according to how they treated one another. But who are we in the story? Pastor Penny preaches on this text, what we can learn from it, and how important it is to Jesus that we live lives of love.

*** [Keywords: 2017 4 year old Norah 81 year old Dan Christ Lutheran Church Christians Episcopal church God is Greek word ethnos I know him Jesus devoted his life Jesus is the judge Jesus suffered with them Jews Judgment of the Nations Kansas City Community Kitchen Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew’s community Pastor Penny Holste Room at the Inn Ten Commandments The Sheep and the Goats Toastmasters club arrogant at table award prizes bags of groceries barely got out become part of family befriend stranger behind face believability certain challenge of beginning dating scene as senior citizen change had happened changed its format chefs closely Jesus identifies with us clothing come and visit comfort conversation ensued could we be the goats courage criteria culinary training program decision depressed disagree politically disciples would be hated dissolving divides them don’t need to worry dramatic flair drivers license earn eternal life end of our lives end of the world even nonbelievers family car feeding felt lost find out phone number of Dan flock food friend had won first place gathering the nations gathers people together gave his life gentiles give money to the poor go and sell everything you have go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations good news proclaimed to whole world grocery shopping had been homeless in past hair cut happy to be alive healing healthy trees hello older person help people help people less fortunate how old are you how people treated one another how serious Jesus is hugging Dan humorous speech identify with them important to Jesus impress her mother in his glory invite people to come sit down it’s my birthday today judges knew nothing about skiing learned two things least of these let him down like restaurant list little girl named Norah Wood live lives of love look into hearts of people lost wife of many years man named Dan Peterson members of my family mom Tara mother Tara neither sheep nor goats neither were believers new model no uncertain terms non-Christians not smile since wife died not so different not that different not trying to earn not very downtrodden in this community often poor options on menu parable parts of story people on fringes people who were not us people with low incomes perform persecuted photograph posted picture on facebook praises predictable predicted preserves dignity produce department produce healthy fruit protective instincts punishments and rewards quiet room reason for suffering relieve suffering responsible rich young ruler savior who loves us scene of end of the world selfish sensed magical time moment sent them to eternal damnation sermon serve the homeless servers severity shaved sheep and goats sheep were naturally helpful shepherd should be left to God speech contest started pouring story story in news stubborn surprising surprising thought take risk teenager tensely waiting for verdict this man was really lonely timing to you I give the kingdom took some courage treated one another trying to impress man verdict volunteer waiters waiting walked off sadly wanted to date wasn’t her car way we treat one another we are not the judges we are the least of these we didn’t see you we would be with him forever well hello little girl went to store weren’t counting costs what must I do to inherit when I needed it when Jesus comes back when they suffered when we suffer he suffers when you turned your back whenever you did it to the least of these who are we who are we in this story woman responded word nations would be punished written for them you can talk with these people you did it to me you failed you have won eternal life]