31But when the Son of Man comes in His glory,
and all the holy angels with Him, then He shall sit on the throne of His glory.
32And all nations shall be gathered before Him. And He shall separate
them from one another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats.
33And indeed He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats
off the left.
34Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed
of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave
Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in;
36I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me;
I was in prison, and you came to Me.
37Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see
You hungry, and fed You? Or thirsty, and gave You drink?
38When did we see You a stranger, and took You in? Or naked, and
39Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You?
40And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you,
Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you have done it to Me.
41Then He also shall say to those on the left hand, Depart from Me,
you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.
42For I was hungry, and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty, and you
gave Me no drink;
43I was a stranger and you did not take Me in; I was naked, and you
did not clothe Me; I was sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.
44Then they will also answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You
hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?
45Then He shall answer them, saying, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch
as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.
46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the
righteous into everlasting life. .
- This parable may have been the last parable that Jesus spoke before His crucifixion. And it
foretells of a final judgment and separation of the righteous from the unrighteous,
conditional of how we treat and cared for other fellow humans.
- We tend to think this apples just to fellow humans, however Jesus spoke this concerning
nations, and whether it is on a personal level or as a nation, we must operate in compassion.
- Also the six conditions in the parable can also be seen in what the Lord Jesus Christ went
through for us, during His earthly ministry. Note that each condition begins with
"I was . . .", (in the first person). Thus, our Lord Jesus Christ also experienced these things.
- I was hungry:
Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat
nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered,
- I was thirsty:
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished,
that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst,
- I was a stranger:
The greater meaning of this is the birth of Jesus Christ, He left His heavenly home to come
down to earth to bring mankind back into a right relationship with God the Father.
He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world
knew Him not, John 1:10.
- I was naked:
As He hung on the cross He was naked. The Roman form of crucifixion was designed to maximize
torture. It was the lowest form of public death, meant to bring shame and disgrace to the
person, as they helplessly hung there in torment.
- I was sick:
On the cross Jesus bore our transgressions, and our iniquities. He paid the complete price
for man's salvation, and willingly made available the abundant life for all men within this
physical world we live in.
Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we,
being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed,
1st Peter 2:24.
- I was in prison:
Jesus Christ entered through the gates of hell and did our time for us and He came out on the
third day victorious.
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly;
so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth,
- Whatever we are going through, no matter how we got in that situation, maybe it was due to bad
choices we made, but know that Jesus is acquainted with of our pains and sufferings.
- Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto
His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,
to make reconciliation for the sins of the people, Hebrews 2:17.
- For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin,
- We all must be born-again, John 3:3. And the requirement is: That if
thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has
raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved, Romans 10:9.