Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father…
I. THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST ARE OFTENTIMES FOUND IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH PATHETICALLY CLAIM THE SYMPATHY OF THEIR FELLOW CREATURES.
1. For the sake of correction.
2. For the sake of preservation. From what dangers are we snatched by that poverty at which we murmur.
3. For the sake of example to others, and that God may be glorified in them.
4. That we may have an opportunity of exhibiting our love to the Redeemer by extending the necessary relief to them.
II. JESUS SO IDENTIFIES HIMSELF WITH HIS DISCIPLES, AS TO REGARD EVERY EXPRESSION OF SYMPATHY WITH THEM AS AN ACT OF KINDNESS TO HIMSELF.
III. Every act of kindness to a suffering disciple, flowing from the simple motive of love to the Master, HE WILL MOST ASSUREDLY ACKNOWLEDGE AND RECOMPENSE. Here is consolation for the poor; Jesus Christ is the companion of their distress.
(J. Gaskin, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: