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When Is It Time To Love Somebody?

**Come, you whom My Father has blessed** (Matthew 25:34).
Ezekiel 34:11-12,15-17; Psalms 23:1-3,5-6; I Corinthians 15:20-26,28; Matthew 25:31-46

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Sermon Week Christ The King (Thirty-Fourth Sunday) Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 25:34

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In a syndicated newspaper cartoon, Santa Claus is pictured at his work bench putting a new toy together. From his nearby TV set, he hears a reporter saying,

We continue our look at the real meaning of Christmas sales indicators. Consumers have dramatically cut back their borrowing which could slow the economy, but which might be a healthy development after their earlier borrowing which boosted the economy but added to concerns of low savings and overstimulation, but could result in sluggish sales leading into the all-important Christmas sales period ...

Whereupon, Santa looks up and says to himself, "It used to be a lot easier to know if they've been bad or good."

Jesus' timeless "Parable of the Last Judgment" in today's Gospel Lesson provides Santa with an easy answer to his problem. The parable is Jesus' once-and-for-all, definitive, foolproof way of knowing "if they've been bad or good."

If you want to achieve wholeness of life, if you want to "get it together," if you want to grow into the uniquely beautiful person God made you to be, if you want peace of mind and heart and soul, if it's genuine happiness you seek, then join the ranks of those whom Jesus describes as the "good guys" ...

Come, you whom My Father has blessed," says the Lord, and "take for your heritage the Kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you made Me welcome; naked and you clothed Me, sick and you visited Me, in prison and you came to Me" (Mt. 25:34-36).

Achieving self-esteem, self-respect, peace of mind, a sense of worthwhileness and purposefulness, an "I'm O.K." feeling -- achieving the good life" -- these are the ambitions of us all. Sure, we want to "get it together," but oh how complicated the process seems to have become in our time.

In recent years there has been a publications-explosion of popular books on how to take ourselves apart and put ourselves back together. The "popular-psychology" shelves in any [...]

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