Wednesday – All the Angels Are Coming with Him

By John Piper, desiring God

   At the end of Matthew 25 there is the parable of the sheep and the goats. Picture Jesus, who looked as ordinary as any other man, beginning this parable with these astonishing words: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say…”

   First, let’s nail down who the Son of Man is. There is no doubt. In Matthew 16:13 Jesus had said, “Who do men say that the Son of Man is?” and then two verses later he said, “But who do you say that I am?” There it is. Jesus is the Son of Man.

   Now let it sink in what Jesus said about himself in Matthew 25:31-33:

  1. He will come someday in glory.” This glory is not the mere glory of a sunset or the Grand Canyon or the Hale-Bopp Comet or the universe. This is the glory of God—as Matthew 16:27 says, “the glory of his Father.”
  2. And all the angels with him.” All of them. Did you get that? Heaven will be left empty of its armies. All the angels will be with him! This means that the triumph is so sure that one doesn't have to cover his rear guard. No one will threaten heaven.
  3. Then, he will sit on his glorious throne.” He is on a throne because he is King. “Then the King will say …” Jesus is King of the universe now. He rules all and upholds all (Matthew 28:18; Colossians 1:17). But when he comes, this kingship will be plain to everyone.
  4. Before him will be gathered all the nations.” Jesus, the Son of Man, the King of the Universe, will sit on his throne, and every people and every president and chief and prime minister and premier and king on earth will gather and say, “Jesus is Lord,”
  5. I read in the next verses: “When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, ‘You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Same Son of Man. Delivered up and crucified. Did you ever wonder what joy and hope sustained Jesus in those horrific hours of suffering?

   He is risen! And he is coming. In the meantime, “let us go forth to him outside the camp and bear the abuse he endured” (Hebrews 13:13).

   Read the entire article at: www.desiringgod.org/articles/all-the-angels-are-coming-with-him.

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