His Glory and Throne
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
This is a very strange and unique verse in Matthew. That is because it’s one of the few verses that Jesus speaks about himself without a connection to his father. Usually Jesus spoke about the Father’s glory and about his throne but here Jesus is talking about his own glory and his own throne.
In this verse, the focus is on Jesus. The angels around surrounding him and it culminates with his seating on a glorious throne. This isn’t the Jesus of the first coming. It isn’t a quiet night in Bethlehem or a small manger hidden away. This isn’t the meek and humble Jesus we read about in the Christmas story. This Jesus is a powerful, ruling Jesus. It is a king surrounded by his angels and ready to judge.
32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
All nations are under this powerful Jesus. All nations are judged. Each individual of all nations will be judged individually. No one will be missed. No one will be left out. Whether you believe in him or not makes no difference. Whether you accept his authority and power changes nothing.
Jesus allowed people to reject him in his first coming. He allowed people to walk away and have nothing to do with him. He allowed his creations to insult, beat and even kill him. That is no longer the case. Now you are under his rule. Now all decisions, good and bad will come to light. True, unbiased, untainted judgement is given out without exception.
God is love, Jesus also, yes, but that doesn’t negate this side of God as well. Judgement is just as much a part of God as love. We must understand and accept all of who God is if we want to be ready for this final day.
Pr. Steven Couto