He will separate people

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.


This is the prelude to the famous illustration of the separation of the sheep and the goats. Before jumping into the judgment scene I thought that it would be helpful to make a few observations about the setting.
  • The words glory and glorious sets the scene. When I read those words I remember that I have no context and no words to understand this scene.
  • When I read the word "all" I am overwhelmed. All the angels will be there. All peoples of all times will be there. I cannot get my head around that number.
  • Mankind will be separated. It leaves me speechless. I want this to be a time when mankind is reunited not a time when they are divided.
I am comforted by the idea that a shepherd will separate the sheep and the goats. It reminds me of how Jesus speaks of the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. Such is the qualification to sit on this glorious throne. He who laid down his life now sits in judgment.

Lord, you are my Shepherd. Help me to follow you like a lamb.

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite pictures of my Jesus, is the Shepherd. I am so thrilled to be one of his lambs, and love that he is always watching over me.

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