Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A)icon-download-pdf-wp
November 19, 2017

Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Lesson: Zephaniah 1:7-16
Psalm: Psalm 90:1-12

CLB Commentary – Rev. Bill Helland

The “it” in verse 14, refers back to verse 1, which began; “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like…” This parable then is another description by our Lord as to what the kingdom of heaven will be like “at that time.” “That time” is what he described in chapter 24 in answer to the disciple’s question in 24:3; “…what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Many believe we are living in the “end of the age,” which is not necessarily a brief period of time, but may be considered an extended period of time leading up to our Lord’s return. Certainly much of what Jesus described in that chapter has happened, or is happening. In 24:45, Jesus asked, “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?” He gives an immediate answer in vs 46; “It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” However, I believe chapter 25, and certainly our text, is an expansion on what that faithful service looks like.

So we consider the significance of our text in terms of continuing in our master’s work until he returns. Our Lord has given each of us a calling – a “job” to do – in his mission on earth. He has assigned and gifted us according to each one’s ability. Some are to be pastors and missionaries. Some are to be Elders and Trustees. Others are to teach the Bible to children or adults. And some are to lead in worship and provide music by which to praise God until he returns.

The thrust of this passage is to encourage every follower of Christ to use the things God has given them – whether gifts, abilities, talents, time, money, Bible knowledge, and so on – to faithfully serve in the work that God has called the church to do until he returns.

Be sure to present this calling in a balanced law/grace way. Yes, the law has to be preached to get those who are lazy off their backsides and serving the Lord, but we also want to proclaim the gospel motivation for this. Jesus died to pay for the sins of every single one of us! May the weight of that truth sink deep within our hearts and minds so we will WANT to faithfully serve the Lord out of deep gratitude and a genuine desire to see as many saved as possible before our Lord returns.

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