Referring to his followers in Matthew 25: 35-40, Jesus said:
“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you?”
Jesus responds, “I tell you the truth, whatever you have done to the least of these brothers, you have done unto me.”
Most biblical scholars agree that Jesus is not referring to care of the poor, sick and imprisoned generally (though such care is consistent with broader biblical values). Rather, the “least of these brothers” are Jesus’ disciples, messengers of the gospel (Matthew 12:50; 28:10).
His disciples faced great need for hospitality as they traveled to spread the good news. They experienced sickness (Philippians 2: 27-30) and even imprisonment.
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