Based on Matthew 25:31-46
Props: (optional) gloves, pasta, can of juice, Tylenol
I was wondering if you all could answer some questions for me:
- Does God need this pair of nice warm gloves?
- Does God need lunch from this bag of pasta?
- Does God need a drink from this can of juice?
- Does God need this bottle of Tylenol for his fever?
You answered “No” to every single one of my questions. So who does need these things?
That is right. There are people all around us who are in need.
One day, Jesus was telling his followers what the Kingdom of Heaven would be like. He told them that the king would come and would say to his people “Welcome to my Kingdom. Come, enjoy it. It was prepared for you because…
“I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in. 36 I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the people who have done what is right will answer him. ‘Lord,’ they will ask, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
What does this story tell us about when we do something for someone in need?
That’s right. It tells us that whatever you do for those in need, you are doing it for God. I saw some of you rang the bell for the Salvation Army yesterday. I heard that some of you shoveled snow at the end of your neighbors’ driveways who can’t do it themselves very easily. Let’s keep on making this Christmas about passing on that love that came through Jesus, in that stable on the first Christmas.