“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” (Matthew 25 v 31-33)
We will see His GLORY.
There is no way we will ever understand fully the glory of God until this day or until we leave this life.
In its simplistic form it is to see His beauty through the lens of His actions, character and nature.
There is a glory in heaven that Moses longed for and partially saw; that Isaiah saw in the Temple and that John would see in his Revelation, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” (21:23) Everyone hearing Jesus speak about His return would certainly know Daniel’s vision, “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13-14)
Our world is in a mess. But there is a beauty that is coming into the world, the glory of God, Jesus!
In His glory He will GATHER.
He is the creator and sustainer of what He has created. He is the ruler of all nations. He is not responsible for the terrorism and aggression of certain nations, yet both the history and geography of that nation is under His control. He is involved. He will gather because He is in control. We need to hear this. Some believe in a God but who is far away from their everyday life and who is powerless to do anything about it or chooses not to be involved. The gospel is that God is near. He is involved and he will gather.
In His glory He will gather because He is a SHEPHERD.
Even at the end of it all what we see of Jesus is not some dictatorial leader but a caring and loving shepherd.
The Bible is full of a God who loves as a shepherd.
Joseph described God, “God who has been my shepherd all my life” (Genesis 48:15)
Isaiah prophesies, “He tends his flock like a shepherd: he gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” (40:11)
And of course David says, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” (Psalm 23:1)
So it isn’t strange in the slightest for Jesus to reveal who he is by speaking as a shepherd and His sheep.
He has shepherded you and will be that shepherd at the end for you.
When Jesus returns we will see His Glory as He Gathers like a Shepherd.
These 3 Gospel words remain of Jesus till the end.