THE SHEEP ON THE RIGHT
THE GOATS ON THE LEFT
Matt.25: 31 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:
The day is almost here. No one knows the day or the hour, but all who have the Spirit can discern the times. And on that day, Jesus the Messiah will come again to this earth. Only this time He does not come as a gentle Shepherd as He did when He walked among us for over thirty years. This time He comes wrapped in all of His glory, the glory He had before time was. This Redeemer, this King, this Lord comes from the majesty of His own throne room and He enters this time and space reality, one that He Himself created, and He takes up His rightful throne. And every eye will see Him; every knee shall bow.
And with one Word He gathers the entire human race before Him. Every soul that was ever born. All ethnic groups, all the aborted babies, all who died in war, all who worshiped idols, all who lived one day and all who lived over a century. Every soul is gathered before Him, and He will separate them into only two groups. Those who have no redemptive garment and who stand in the judgment of their own sins will be moved to the left. Those who wear the blood washed robe of His righteousness will be moved to His right hand. And looking out over the billions of souls the goats stand at His left awaiting judgment while the sheep stand on His right awaiting entrance into His everlasting kingdom.
In the arresting moment of that scene, the Great Shepherd of our souls turns to His sheep and invites them into His everlasting kingdom. And at that moment which of us will not be filled with wonder since now that we stand in His presence we are assured we have done literally nothing to deserve His favor. Then and only then we will understand the true meaning of God’s grace. And now because of His blood and His offer of grace we will spend eternity in His presence. All doubt is gone and all burdens are relieved.
And with a terrifying reality the Creator of all there is casts the goats into everlasting fire which is also the eternal dwelling place for the devil and his angels. This must be the most horrifying day in all eternity when souls by the billions are cast away for all eternity. On that day all the discussions and arguments about the existence of such a place will seem like the debates of fools. There will be historical figures from all over the world. There will be those who openly rejected Him and those who thought is wise to wait. There will be ordained Christian preachers. There will be people who tried to do good. There will be our loved ones who thought of us as fools. There will be the kings of the earth. If they are allowed to scream as they go, I can only imagine the intolerable wailing that will rebound all over the halls of eternity.
This may be imagery now, but one day it will be reality. Eternity will have arrived and all will be where they will be forever. This is no fairy tale although it is an inconceivable event. But please, consider this. If this event, which we say we believe will come, is actually a future reality, where is the atmosphere of crisis and passion within the church? I mean if every person born will either be ushered into everlasting bliss or everlasting judgment, why are we so placid about the urgency such an event should bring? The answer is very simple. We do not believe it.