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The Victim's Name Is Jesus Matthew 25:31-46

The Victim's Name Is Jesus

Being saved by grace and not works doesn't excuse sins of omission toward the least among us.

At a Glance

We begin with the fascinating story of a Muslim-American who has spent much of his life caring for terminally ill children. To use the biblical language of today's text, we ask the question: "Is this man a sheep or a goat?" How would you answer? We do not provide an answer, but we do provide some content that will help you unpack this text with your congregation.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "License-Plate Christianity," November 23, 2008, at

Mohamed Bzeek is a Libyan-American Muslim living in Azusa, California, who for nearly 30 years has quietly cared for terminally ill foster children no one else would take. He doesn't consider himself an angel or a hero. Instead, he believes he's doing "just what we are supposed to do as a human being."

Bzeek was 23 when he came to America in 1978 to study engineering. Eventually he married Dawn who introduced him to the world of foster parenting. They had a soft spot for terminally...

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