What Everyone Needs to Know to Pass the Final Exam

This message for Graduation Sunday gives all of us tools for being prepared for our one, last final exam. 

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What Everyone Needs to Know to Pass the Final Exam

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – June 4th, 2017

 

Intro:

  • To our graduates, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that you just graduated from school.  The bad news is that you are not done taking tests.  There will be many more tests in this life . . . and there will also be one more final exam and this is the most important exam of your life, and I want everyone to pass.  Everyone must take it, no one is exempt.
  • This morning we are going to talk about what Jesus said about the exam so you will know how to prepare for it and pass the test with a “well done, my good and faithful servant”.
  • In the beginning of Matthew 24, Jesus’s followers asked him about the end of the age. Jesus told them what will happen and what they should expect. In the last verses of this section this is what he said:

 

Matt 25:31-46 ESV

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.  32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.  34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 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 drink?  38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

 

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’  46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

The exam overview

  • The one examining is the King Jesus Christ
  • Everyone is going to take the exam, no one is exempt
    • “All the nations will be gathered before Him”
  • This is not a group test but an individual exam (not graded on a curve but a standard)
    • “He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats”.
  • This is a review of your work (already done to receive your “grade” portfolio review)
  • This is a “pass/fail” exam
    • Pass – you get a blessing and you get to go “take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world”
    • Fail – you get a curse and to get to go “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels”
      • Initially designed for “the devil and his angels” – because of their sin
        • Came also to include humans – because of our sin “wages of sin=death”
      • This is the most important examination of our entire existence, eternity is on the line!

 

The exam question

  • This question is singular, and it is not . . . (how much money, where you lived, how many bible facts you memorized, how popular you were . . . etc.)
  • How did you treat the least of these? . . .  Because how you treated them is how you treated King Jesus.  How you loved them is how you loved King Jesus.
  • The “least of these” are:
    • The impoverished (the hungry, the thirsty, the naked)
    • The isolated (welcoming the stranger)
    • The infirmed (the sick)
    • The imprisoned (prisoners)
  • Love is what you give to it, not what you get from it. The true test of love is:  do you love those who cannot give back to you? . . .
    • This is who I tell my children to be and to look for in a partner . . . this is who I am telling you to be and who to partner with . . .
    • It is easy to “love” those for personal gain (which really isn’t love at all).
  • Love the least and you will be given the most. When you go about your life, look not to be loved, but for those who you can love.  The truth is you are already completely loved and cared for by the King.

 

Conclusion

  • Congratulations on your accomplishments and keep living for the real eternal praise and prize at the end.

 

Questions for the Ride Home:

  1. Are you encouraged or convicted from today’s message and why?
  2. What do you need to do to put this message into practice? (repent – change – learn)