He Shall Come Again

John Tousley

Read: Matthew 25:31-46

Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.” (v. 34)

Christians look forward, in faith and hope, when Christ shall come again as the King! Our King is Jesus, the Son of Man (Matt. 25:31; see also Dan. 7:13-14, where the enthroned Father gives our Messiah the everlasting kingdom). As forgiven sinners, we will freely inherit this heavenly kingdom of rest and joy, not earn it (Matt. 25:34). As Christian believers, our loving actions toward the needy are simply a fruitful response to Christ’s heartwarming love toward us: “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

When Jesus our Savior-King comes “with the clouds of heaven” (Dan. 7:13), he will graciously commend his grateful servants for the ways their faith has been expressed in love: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21, 23). Two humble Christian gentlemen, Dan and Andy, have long served as volunteers in prison ministry. Their kindness and courage in leading Bible studies for inmates inside the locked doors of “the slammer,” reminds us of what Jesus commended in Matthew 25: “I was in prison and you came to me” (v. 36). Some inmates are genuinely changed in heart through their study of God’s Word. Because of our sinful slipups, we all deserve to be inmates. So, any commendation received at Jesus’ coming again will be an expression of grace on his part.

—John Tousley

Prayer: Merciful, returning Savior-King, how can I start showing you more love and gratitude?