[Therefore] it is not “do to others as you would have them do to you”, but “do to others as has been done to you”. We will only move out from ourselves to relieve the suffering of others physically and spiritually to the degree that we are aware of and affected by the love of God in Christ that has been freely bestowed upon us in our misery.
1. The Son of Man Shepherd-King-Judge
2. Mercy to My Siblings is Mercy to Me (spoken by Jesus)
Our care for the needy proves that we are either of His flock, or fatally presuming that we are.
Grace precedes the good deeds that Jesus describes. Notice Jesus’ words in v.34, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
3. Hell is for Those Who Are Hard Towards Others