DCLM Higher Everyday 28 November 2021 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Just Judge I
TOPIC: THE JUST JUDGE – I
TEXT: MATTHEW 25:31-40
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:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King 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.
MEMORY VERSE: “Then shall the King 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” (MATTHEW 25:34).
The story was told of a judge, who feared no man when judging cases. He was respected for his fairness in justice until a day when his in-law’s son committed a crime punishable by death. He could not bear to kill his in-law’s son as that would spell doom for him in the family. He rather sentenced him to jail.
A human judge can be bias, God is an impartial Judge and would judge everyone accordingly on the last day.
From our text, Jesus declared that a day will come when the goats and sheep will be separated. His judgment will be just and based on our works on earth. In the parable of the good Samaritan, the lawyer’s question of what to do to inherit eternal life was answered as: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God…and thy neighbour as thyself.”
The Just Judge is watching our love and He will judge us all based on this measure on the day of reckoning. The righteous will inherit the Kingdom of God, while sinners will be banished to hell.
QUOTE: The Just Judge is watching.
CHALLENGE: Are you a sheep or a goat?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to live a life that qualifies me for Your right hand.