Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Matthew 25:31-46
The Good Shepherd can separate the sheep and goats with just whistles and sounds, and gentle movements. The sheep and the goats know how to move to each side when the Good Shepherd tells them it is time. Within minutes they will be separated.
The Good Shepherd is able to separate the sheep from the goats, from the fat sheep who have been eating more than their share, the rams who have been throwing their weight around and butting the weaker out of the way.
Matthew’s metaphor amplifies the ease with which Christ will know who knows him, those who have lived a life of love—just as easily as the Good Shepherd can separate his herd when the right time has come.