What Jesus Did! 'The Coming King' — Matthew 25:31-32

Monday, November 20, 2017

"The Son of Man will come again. He will come with great glory. All his angels will come with him. He will be king and sit on his great throne. All the people of the world will be gathered before the Son of Man. Then the Son of Man will separate all people into two groups. This is like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats."
— Matthew 25:31-32 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 25:31-32 NLT —  He will be king and sit on his great throne.

Key Thought

This passage envisions the day when Jesus' disciples have taken the Gospel to all the nations (Matt. 28:18-20; Matt. 24:14) and he returns to judge the world. He will come in great glory! He will reign on the throne and everyone will acknowledge him as Lord and King. Jesus himself will judge them just like a shepherd does at the end of the day: the sheep get favorable treatment over the goats. For me, the essential thing to hang on to in this passage is the promise of Jesus' victory and his followers shared victory with him. He will come in glory and they will share in his glory! Jesus is coming. He is coming in power. He is coming to rule and to judge. He will be declared and worshiped as King. Am I living with him as my King right now?

Today's Prayer

O Father, I confess that I am less than you want me to be. But Father, my heart yearns for Jesus' return in glory and power. I trust his work to save me and I have sought to serve his brothers and sisters he bought with his blood. Please forgive me and give me unshakable assurance that I will be with him in glory. In the name of God's glorious Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Thess. 1:6-12
  • Matt. 16:27-28
  • Matt. 19:28-30


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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