“You were doing it to me!” – Week of October 25th 2020
The Bible tells us again and again that God cares very deeply for those who are in need. In our Family Church Bible reading for this week we are going to hear Jesus describe, in a really surprising way, just how important it is to him that we take care of those in need.
Before you look at this week’s Bible reading, we have a simple little song that we want to share with you to help you and your family start your Family Church time together. It’s a little song written by a lady named Sandra McCracken and it’s based on one of the Psalms which are the ancient poems and songs of God’s people.
Feel free to just listen to the song or to sing along, and/or you can try to do the signs that go with the words. It’s short enough that you can try it a few times until you really get it down
Really getting to know Jesus means getting know the story of the Bible. The whole story of the Bible points to Jesus, and it helps us understand who Jesus is and what exactly Jesus came to do. As we read the Bible, however, we need to know that the Bible uses lots of different ways of writing, or what are sometimes called “Literary Styles”. So before you read this week’s Bible reading you may want to check out the video below from the Bible Project all about the Literary Styles of the Bible.
The Gospel of Matthew 25:31-40
31 [Jesus said] “…when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
God’s Generous Justice
In the reading above Jesus is saying that one day everything that is wrong with the world will be set right. It’s a picture of God’s justice. It’s also a picture of how we can be people of justice in our own time as we wait for the day when God finally sets everything right. Watch the video below from the Bible Project to learn more about what the Bible, and Jesus in particular, teach us about God’s justice.
A Prayer to conclude your Family Church time
God of justice and of mercy, open the eyes of our hearts to see the light of your truth, know the power of your love, and to follow the way of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.