Matthew 25:31-33 (NLT)
[Jesus said] 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.”
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The Son of Man (Jesus the Christ) provides the light that illuminates all the figures in this scene.
The figure sitting on the golden throne is Jesus, the Son of Man, in all his glory.
Angels surround the throne of the King.
On the right hand side of Jesus (the viewer’s left hand side of the picture) are the “sheep”.
On the left hand side of Jesus (the viewer’s right hand side of the picture) are the “goats”.
The Parable of the 10 Virgins/Bridesmaids (25:1-13) stressed the need for preparedness for the Messiah’s return. This Parable of the Talents stressed the need to serve the King while He is away. In the final part of Matthew chapter 25 we read what Jesus had to say about his second coming, and the judgement that occurs then.
In this picture we can see the Son of Man (Jesus) sitting on his mighty throne, surrounded by angels.
To his right & left are the “sheep” (righteous) & “goats” (unrighteous) people of “all the nations”. Notice the expressions on the face of the two groups: the righteous people are lifting up holy hands towards Jesus in praise & worship of him, whilst the unrighteous are downcast, looking doubtful, gloomy, troubled and saddened.
I have deliberately drawn the angels much larger than the humans, in glorious golden clothing. They are all worshipping Jesus with hands and arms upraised in praise for the Son of Man.