Four parables, or analogies, are given in this section. What is the caution given in each parable?
Matthew 24:43-44 The Homeowner
Matthew 24:45-51 The Chief House Servant
Matthew 25:1-13 The Virgins and their oil
Matthew 25:14-30 The Servants and the Talents
What will Jesus do when He returns at the end of time? What are the two categories of people? (25:31-46)
How does this picture of Jesus match up with the picture you have of him in your mind?
Food for thought: In an age that emphasizes grace so heavily, we often forget that Jesus promised a coming judgment where the hearts and actions of people will be evaluated. Let us not forget that Jesus came to set a standard for living in His Kingdom. He expects the citizens of His Kingdom to live according to those standards. We are called to Love God with our whole heart and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Grace is not a free ticket to wallow in mediocrity. Grace is the fact that Jesus paid the penalty that kept us out of His Kingdom and He has invited us to come in. Let us thank Him for the Invitation to His Kingdom and live according to the standard He set for us.