Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Come Ye Blessed of My Father! 11/20/2011
Today is the last Sunday of the Church year and it is celebrated as Christ the King Sunday. Today's Psalm reading is a jubilant shout of praise to the King, our King, the King of the Universe who is second to none, for there is no other god to be second to. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!! The Psalm could be outlined in the following manner:

The call to and the reason for worship of the LORD
KJV Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.

Worship is expressed outwardly
6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
7a For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

Counsel and warning against not worshipping the LORD
7b To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation (contention) and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved (tried) me, and saw my work.
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

Our text of meditation today will be from Matthew 25:31-46 and 26:1-:2, we recognize that even as it is the last Sunday of the Church Year, and we are brought to a text the speaks of the end of all things: The return of Jesus Christ and the final judgment of all humans beings which He will preside over. Humanly speaking, this eventual reality brings fear to our hearts. This portion of Scripture starts out with the setting for the dividing of the sheep and the goats, the sheep to eternal glory and the goats to eternal torment.This is the final part of His discourse concerning the events of the last time and must be interpreted and understood in light of that background. Here is the text that is before us today.

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left."

Then the King, our King, shall "say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me."

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?


40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.


44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.


KJV Matthew 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

At first glance and being understood independent of the remainder of the Scriptures, one could get the understanding that the final judgment will be based upon works. If we are honest with ourselves, that is a fearful thing. For if we are to be judged according to God's righteous demands of perfection, none of us would stand a chance.One of the songs that our predecessors sang on their way to their trip to the Holy City, Jerusalem clearly outlines that folly of going down the road of maintaining our own righteousness.

ESV Psalm 130:1 A SONG OF ASCENTS.Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
2 O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Through the Word and from experience we know that we cannot stand in the presence of our King on our own. What to do? What is this text about?

Let us make some observations concerning this text. Firstly, we see that He spoke to the righteous first, telling them to "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

The beautiful word, "come," which Jesus so often spoke earlier in His ministry is spoken to those who already have passed from death to life in the time of grace. They responded to the invitation to "Come unto the Me who is meek and lowly of heart" here in the time of grace so that they would hear one day the words that are spoken here before us today. This jJudgment Day is not an invitation to come to Jesus for salvation, for at this judgment there is no longer opportunity to enter into the salvation which was offered in the time of grace. That decision has been made in the time of our life on earth, for this final judging is the separation that has already been done in time. There is no appeal at this throne of justice. All those who have responded to the invitation of Jesus to come unto Him have in their hearts a similar prayer to the words that John the Apostle of love spoke at the end of the Bible: " Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

They/we are told to come, for we are the blessed of His/our Father. What are we called to come to receive? The kingdom that has been prepared for us from the foundation of the world!!! This is an inheritance, something that is given to us from the hand of the Great Benefactor. It is not a kingdom that has been earned by us, but it is one that has been prepared for us by our Father. A Hymn written by a Ken Bible gives us a sense of this joy that is awaiting us.

In That Morning
Praise God, our Jesus came to die,
And soon our ransomed souls will fly.
We'll all shout together in that morning.
Yes, we'll all shout together in that morning.
In that morning,
In that morning,
Yes, we'll all shout together in that morning.

The Risen Lamb will take His throne
With joy and praise from all His own.
We'll crown Him together in that morning.
Yes, we'll crown Him together in that morning.
In that morning,
In that morning,
Yes, we'll crown Him together in that morning.

No sun or moon will light that place
But all the glory of His face.
We'll see Him together in that morning.
Yes, we'll see Him together in that morning.
In that morning,
In that morning,
Yes, we'll see Him together in that morning.

Secondly, we see that both the righteous or the unrighteous were not aware of the things that Jesus spoke to them about. In the case of the righteous, they did not remember ever serving Jesus in the way that He told them that they did. In the case of the unrighteous, they did not remember ever having the occasion to serve Jesus in the way that Jesus said they should have served Him. How are we to understand this? Here is the key verse:

KJV Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Jesus makes this statement in the middle of this discourse and it addresses both the righteous and the unrighteous. What He seems to be saying is that when the righteous ministered to another human being in need, they were ministering unto Him and when the unrighteous did not minister unto another human in need, they were in effect not ministering unto Jesus Himself. Wow, I am thinking, I do not get it, for it still sounds like a judgment based on works, on obedience, faithfulness and so on. And I find myself wanting. Weighed in the balance of my faithfulness vs God's requirement, I find the scales tipped sharply with my unfaithfulness and sin causing me to be on the bottom. Yet it is true, it is a judgment based on obedience, but what is key is this question: Whose obedience? Mine, yours, or Jesus Christ's? That is the big question!!!

The other day I read this text in the midst of a group of people and after I read it, I asked them what they thought. One man told me: "There is more to it than that, for it is by grace that we are saved." Wow!! He understands the context of this text and basically told me that if I stop right there, it is not the whole story. So let us read a little more into the next chapter:

KJV Matthew 26:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

It is His obedience that was unto death and by which our guilt was taken away from us and placed upon Him so that God does not impute our sins either of omission or commission upon us. The question is: Do we believe that He has taken away our sins? If we do not understand that God has removed our sin debt from us and placed them onto His Son on the cross, we will never be able to understand this text that we have considered today. For without the enlightening and illumination of His Spirit, we will be left looking inward so as to determine where we fall on the scale of faithfulness and obedience to Christ.

These two Scriptures will give us insight as to what I have written here: God sought us while we were estranged from Him solely because that is who He is and He wanted to save us. He did it through Christ, in a way that Paul details here.


The Apostle Paul wrote of this seeking love in the fifth chaper of Romans when he wrote:
Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. {in due time: or, according to the time}
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
We have reason to praise our Great God and Our King Jesus Christ, for He has served us because He wanted to do so.

The Apostle John wrote of the love of God, but from another angle. He speaks of the origin of love, the action of love, the effect of love upon us and the marks of love in our lives. Reading this reference and the one above should help us to see that we are Christians because we have been loved by God and therefore we love Him as well as all others. We are not Christians because we have loved, but because we have been loved.

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. {is born: or, has been born}
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. {our love: Gr. love with us}
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

In closing, since we are partaking of His Body and Blood today in our congregation. I leave you with this song that is a new song to us, but which tells us through music of the grace and forgiveness that we have recieved and yet recieve from His Hand. May these words which explain the truth of God's grace toward us minister to us today.


Lord, From Your Hand

Lord, from Your hand I take the bread,
And from Your cup I drink the wine.
You serve forgiveness for my need.
You serve Your holy life for mine.

Now from Your lips I hear the words:
"This is My body and My blood."
I see the mercy in Your eyes.
I see the pain. I see the love.

I see the cross. I see Your face.
My God, what agony and grief!
I see You suffer as You die.
I hear You pray. It is for me.

O Jesus, Savior, Holy God!
I live and breathe in Your embrace!
Lord, every moment draw my heart
To love and serve You face to face.


Jesus says to us today: "Surely I come quickly. " We say, "Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

Rev 22: 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala









Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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