It Was God
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
This is the job of the Christian and the gospel message. Everything we do, we do for Jesus, but we must realize that we do it for Jesus through those who are around us. As a Christian, we want to show God and Jesus just how much we love them but they are all the way up in heaven. The simple solution is what these verses here say.
God sees all of the human race as his children, whom he lost to sin. As children, even lost, he feels and experiences a real connection with them. So when we do good to someone here on earth, Christian or not, we are doing it to Christ.
The opposite is also true.
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
This should really make us double think our actions towards others. Every time we judge of treat someone badly just because they’re different, we are judging God and badly treating him. How many times have we cursed God? How many times have we insulted him?
Let us see the face of Jesus in everyone that we meet. Jesus was caring and loving to everyone he met. He was always trying to save everyone around him. The only exception was for those experts in the law who knew better. Because of their knowledge, he spoke piercing truth to them, and yet even then it was done out of love and for their salvation.
Let us learn from Jesus. Let us see each other as he sees us.
Pr. Steven Couto