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Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Psalm 19:8-10, 15
Matthew 25:31-46

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the shakes

“Then He will separate them into two groups, as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.” —Matthew 25:32

Will you have “the shakes” on Judgment Day? Will you have butterflies in your stomach? Will you have sweaty palms? Will you feel nervous? Jesus will come, riding on the clouds in great glory — the King of kings and Lord of lords (Rv 19:16). He will come escorted by all the angels, perhaps numbering in the billions (Mt 25:31). All the nations will assemble before Him (Mt 25:32). You will be microscopic on this cosmic Judgment Day.

We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rm 3:23). Very few of us have served the least of the brethren (Mt 25:40). Many of us have never visited a prisoner or given more than a token offering to the starving. Even the sick we’ve visited have been relatives and friends and not the least of the brethren.  “The sum of [our] deeds is less than complete in” God’s sight (Rv 3:2). Yet “we should have confidence on the day of judgment” (1 Jn 4:17).When we meet Jesus as Judge, we must already have met Him as Savior.


Prayer:  Jesus, Judge, may my personal relationship with You give me confidence to cooperate with Your grace and grow in holiness.

Promise:  “Nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake. I am the Lord.” —Lv 19:16

Praise:  The Warren family reads the Scriptures together every day.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Accepting Jesus as Lord, Savior, and God, view, download or order our leaflet or listen to, download or order our CD 43-1 or DVD 43 on our website.)

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