Friday November 25, 2022
“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.
All the nations will be gathered before Him.”
In this parable Jesus tells us a little about the last of all our days.
We know none of the days that are to come; we do not even know what the end of this day will bring.
But Jesus knows all the days that lie before us, also the last one. Here He tells us that this last day shall be our final and decisive day of reckoning.
Before that day we shall all have had many days of reckoning. But the characteristic thing about all the other days of reckoning will be that they were not the final day of reckoning. If we were willing to be reconciled to God in those days, He forgave us our debt and we began anew.
But when the last day of reckoning comes, nothing can be changed any more. Then the result of our lives will be determined for all time to come.
We need this reminder about the final reckoning because we are all thoughtless and indifferent. Jesus reminds us today that all of us, without exception, must give a very accurate and detailed account of everything in our life, even the most insignificant words that we have spoken.
He would let us know that nothing of all that we have done is forgotten. We forget quickly. But in heaven nothing is forgotten.
Is it to frighten us that Jesus comes to us with this earnest message?
Nay, any one who knows Him knows that He does not come to frighten anybody. But among the many things He has to tell us, He has to leave with us a word also about the seriousness of life.
Today He asks all of us the serious question: Are you prepared to give an account of the life you have lived?