Here in the Gospel of the Kingdom, we see Jesus teaching the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24 and Matthew 25). His audience is the 12 disciples, including Judas the betrayer. After he rose from the dead, he proclaimed the kingdom for 40 days (Acts 2:1-11).
The last three parables Jesus told.
In Matthew 25 Jesus tells 3 parables of the last judgment, comparing those who serve Him as King and those who don’t.
Five foolish bridesmaids and five wise meeting the bridegroom
1 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!’
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.*
8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘What if there isn’t enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
10 While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.
11 Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’
12 But he answered, ‘Most certainly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 Watch therefore, for you don’t know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Servants giving account to the master
14 “For it is like a man going into another country, who called his own servants and entrusted his goods to them. 15 To one he gave five talents,† to another two, to another one, to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 In the same way, he also who got the two gained another two. 18 But he who received the one talent went away and dug in the earth and hid his lord’s money.
19 “Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and settled accounts with them. 20 He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents in addition to them.’
21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
22 “He also who got the two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents. Behold, I have gained another two talents in addition to them.’
23 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
24 “He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow, and gathering where you didn’t scatter. 25 I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.’
26 “But his lord answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow, and gather where I didn’t scatter. 27 You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest.
28 Take away therefore the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who doesn’t have, even that which he has will be taken away. 30 Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The shepherd separating sheep from goats
31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will tell those on his right hand, ‘Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
- for I was hungry
- and you gave me food to eat.
- I was thirsty
- and you gave me drink.
- I was a stranger
- and you took me in.
- 36 I was naked
- and you clothed me.
- I was sick and you visited me.
- I was in prison and you came to me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ 40 “The King will answer them, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,‡ you did it to me.’
41 Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels;
- 42 for I was hungry,
- and you didn’t give me food to eat;
- I was thirsty,
- and you gave me no drink;
- 43 I was a stranger,
- and you didn’t take me in;
- and you didn’t clothe me;
- sick, and in prison,
- and you didn’t visit me.’
44 “Then they will also answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and didn’t help you?’
45 “Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Most certainly I tell you, because you didn’t do it to one of the least of these, you didn’t do it to me.’
46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Summary of the last 3 chapters of Matthew
Matthew 26 The Jews complete their conspiracy, and Judas makes ready to betray his Lord, but Jesus accepts the anointing of Mary at Bethany, celebrates the Passover for the last time, institutes the Eucharist, suffers the agony of death in Gethsemane, is betrayed, taken captive, brought before Caiaphas for trial, sentenced, and reviled, while Peter denies his Lord three times.
Matthew 27 Judas, in false remorse over his betrayal of Christ, commits suicide when the Lord is delivered to Pilate, while Jesus Himself is tried before the Roman court, sees Barabbas preferred to Him by the mob, is condemned to death by crucifixion by the court, though no guilt is found in Him, suffers the pains of crucifixion, dies on the cross, and is buried by His friends.
Matthew 28 Jesus arises from the dead amidst the quaking of the earth, the angel shows the women the empty tomb and bids them bring the tidings to the disciples; Christ, appearing to the same women, confirms the message, while the chief priests and elders take steps to spread lies about the resurrection. Christ finally appears to His disciples in a body on a mountain in Galilee and gives them the great missionary command. Kretzmann
Last gospel word from the risen Jesus while on earth
ACTS 1:1 My former narrative, Theophilus, dealt with all that Jesus did and taught as a beginning, down to the day on which, 2 after giving instruction through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen, He was taken up to Heaven. 3 He had also, after He suffered, shown Himself alive to them with many sure proofs, appearing to them at intervals during forty days, and speaking of the Kingdom of God. 4 And while in their company He charged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promised gift.
“This you have heard of,” He said, “from me. 5 For John indeed baptized with water, but before many days have passed you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6 Once when they were with Him, they asked Him, “Master, is this the time at which you are about to restore the kingdom of Israel?”
7 “It is not for you,” He replied, “to know times or epochs which the Father has reserved within His own authority; 8 and yet you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judaea and Samaria and to the remotest parts of the earth.”
9 When He had said this, and while they were looking at Him, He was carried up, and a cloud closing beneath Him hid Him from their sight. 10 But, while they stood intently gazing into the sky as He went, suddenly there were two men in white garments standing by them, 11 who said, “Galilaeans, why stand looking into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken up from you into Heaven will come in just the same way as you have seen Him going into Heaven.”
Editor related posts: Gospel of the Kingdom—Introduction; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 1; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 2; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 3;Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 4; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 5; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 6
All Scripture quoted above is from the World Messianic Bible