THE STORY OF THE GOATS & SHEEP.
When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come. O blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from 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 welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him,’ Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? …………………………
The King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to the least of my people, you did it to me.’
Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me………You will go away into eternal punishment but the righteous shall have eternal life.’
Matthew 25 vv 31-46
The Message of the story of the Goats & Sheep?
The story of the Goats and Sheep shows that Christians should help all those people who are in need. By doing this you are helping Jesus and showing your love and commitment to him. It is no good turning away from those in need because if you do you might as well turn away from Jesus. Those who help the needy, feed the hungry etc will be rewarded with heaven, those who turn away from these people will go to hell.
It is a Christians duty to help those in need.
This story is an excellent one to quote if you are asked why do Christians try and combat evil and suffering in the world?