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Excerpt: "The parable of the Sheep and the Goats is one of the most moving, yet most vexing among the teachings of Jesus. Found only in Matthew, this parable concludes its final collection of Jesus' sayings in ways striking and disturbing. Over and against earlier emphases about being prepared for the unannounced coming of Christ, here the Son of Man sits as the heavenly judge of the gathered nations, along with his angels, dividing humanity between the sheep and the goats. The sheep, at his honoring right hand, will receive a heavenly welcome; the goats, at his dishonoring left, will be led away into eternal punishment."


Originally published in Feasting on the Gospels--Matthew, Volume 2 (Hardback), A Feasting on the Word Commentary, edited by Cynthia A. Jarvis E. Elizabeth Johnson, Westminster John Knox Press, 2013.

ISBN: 9780664233945