Unlimited: Jesus, The Judge
Oct 25, 2019 1163
For the Father judges no one but has given all judgement to the Son (John 5:22, NIV).
Life is short and death is certain. Particularly is life short. And what then?
Ask the writer of Hebrews 9:27: “…people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgement” (NIV). Also, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10, NIV).
Did you notice that all this seems very negative? That was the bad news, so now for the good news. You’ll find some of it, indeed, most of it, hidden in the verse just quoted.
Who is this Judge of all the earth before whom we each must stand?
Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son (John 5:22, NIV).
The same story is found also in Romans 2: 16: “God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” It wasn’t for nothing that Paul added, “according to my gospel.”
A major part of the Good News is that One with our human nature, the Son of man, our Elder Brother, is to be our Judge.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Have you ever considered what it will be like to stand before Christ as your Judge? We know that when God looks at our us, he sees the work of Jesus and not our sin. How does this truth affect what you think of standing face to face with Jesus?