Jesus Was An Immigrant and Poor
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Matt. 25:35b (Holman) I was a stranger and you took Me in.
This is the third of six works in this parable: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in immigrants, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit prisoners. Jesus was here highlighting a few of many good deeds required in Christianity. He elsewhere outlined other things we have to do.
These six works needed to be highly stressed. Jesus felt the best way to do this was to drive home their importance in this Judgment Day parable.
Some treat kind deeds as if they are ultimate ends in themselves, as if helping people without ever referring to how to become a Christ-follower is okay. I know not every act of practical benevolence has to be accompanied with the plan of salvation. The Gospel always has kind deeds attached to it, but not all kindnesses have to be accompanied with verbal proclamations of the Gospel. This having been said, I feel a need to remind us something is wrong when the story that impels our kindness is the story that is never told.
We at Second need to hear this. We do well in social compassion and practical benevolence. We falter in sharing the Gospel. We give many cups of cold water; we need to give them more often in Jesus’ name (Mark 9:41).
“Strangers” included foreigners, immigrants,