March 7, 2016 Length: 15:15
First, an overview of all five Sunday Gospels in the preparation period for Great Lent, to see how they fit together. Then a discussion of the outer vs. inner teaching of this Gospel form Matthew about the Last Judgment. Of course the immediately apparent teaching of this Gospel is that there will be a judgment and we will be judged if we are not compassionate. The inner meaning can be gleaned from understanding why the Lord referred to the "young kids" (the actual word means immature goats) as being put on the left, and His answer to the righteous when they question Him: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Putting these things together we see with excitement the possibilities before us in this upcoming fast: we are to grow towards maturity, so that, as the image of God within us becomes more apparent, we see Christ in everyone else. Christianity is not rules, or exercises. It is growth toward perfection. We are not to be "young kids," who are immature, foolish, and selfish, but mature sheep and even mature goats!