Matthew 25:40-45 (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.’ (ESV)

During a lecture, Dr Brown told his pupils to draw a picture of a person they disliked or someone who got them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the photo. The first student drew the picture of a girl who stole her boyfriend. Another student sketched an image of his little brother, while the last student painted a portrait of a former friend with a full description and even drew pimples on her face. The class lined up and began throwing darts. Many of the students threw their darts with such a force that their targets were ripping apart.

The last student who waited anxiously for her turn got disappointed when students were told to return to their seats due to the limited time. As this student sat angrily, Dr Brown removed the targets from the wall and beneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A thick silence fell over the room as each student viewed the disfigured photo of Jesus with holes and rough marks covering Him while His eyes got pierced. Therefore, Dr Brown said these words as seen in our Bible reading: “Since you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” No other words were necessary as the tearful students stared at the picture of Christ.

Beloved, this is a summon for us to forgive and tolerate one another even as Jesus gave Himself for us (Romans 5:6-8). Whoever has offended you, call them today and say, “Friend, I forgive you”, because whatsoever you do, you do it unto God!


Hymn: Jesus Loves Me — Anna B. Warner (1860)

1. Father, give me the heart to forgive and let go.


1. Holy Spirit, strengthen my inner man with Your fire!

2. Affliction of the wicked, fall on their heads.

3. As individuals, nation and the church, Lord, baptise us with Your abiding presence.