“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world…
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels… (Matthew 25:31–46, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Maybe death is the great equalizer, the one big thing that can finally make strangers shed a tear for one another.” (Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie). In a sense it is. Until the Lord returns, it comes to all. Rich or poor. The powerful and the powerless. Young or old. Some in full health, others in poor health. Democrats, Republicans and Independents. “By the sweat of [our] brow [we] will eat [our] food until [we] return to the ground, since from it [we] were taken; for dust [we] are and to dust [we] will return.” (Genesis 3:19, NIV 1984). Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. To this, there is universal agreement (except the part about Christ returning).
Though some may have differing opinions (no universal agreement), the truth is that Christ will indeed return. “Death and Hades [will give] up the dead that [are] in them, and each person [the living and the dead will be] judged.” (Revelation 20:13, NIV 1984). The Great Equalizer (death comes to all) becomes the Great Divider (not all will have eternal life). Come or depart.
My Advice – When that day comes, you want to be on the “right” side. Because there is only one alternative “left.” To learn how you can be made “right” with God, read my musings on “The Born Again Experience.”