Who’s to Judge?

“Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.  He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”  John 5:22, 23.

What does sit say to you when the Scripture claims that the Father judges no one but leaves it all up to the Son?

Paul calls Jesus the source of reconciliation between God and mankind; at Bethlehem the angels declared,  “…on earth peace, good will toward men.”  Jesus became man to share in the experience of humanity, at the same time, He is God.  Jesus becomes the perfect judge, for He understands God’s perspective and His demand for sinlessness, yet His experience on earth gives Him the ability to grasp the struggle of humanity, the sorrows, lack and inability to stand against our own sin or the enemy of our souls.  Christ is the perfect marriage between God and man; the one being who gets both sides of the argument and can stand between them as arbitrator as well as judge.

Jesus is the goodwill ambassador sent to Earth to bring peace.  His mission isn’t one of condemnation but of reconciliation and hope.  He did no violence to anybody (unless you consider getting rid of the money changers in the Gentile courts a violent act) yet they killed Him.  What does it that tell us about the nature of humanity when they would rather silence the voice of peace than follow it?

There’s a reason why few find the gate to salvation and it rests in this:  God has created mankind upright but they have gone in search of many schemes.  They want anything but Jesus.

Why?

I don’t know all the reasons, but I do know a few.  The top one I’m aware of is they don’t like having to toe His moral mark.  This is not to say people in general don’t like morality in some form, cuz they do.  No, what they want more of though, is a moral standard which fits their own criterion or lifestyle.

God didn’t abdicate responsibility for the universe by giving up the judgment seat to Christ.  What He accomplished, however, is far more clever—a chess master making the ultimate move from which there is no escape.  By using the Son of God and the Son of Man in one person He effectively silenced all detractors.  No one can claim Jesus doesn’t know what it’s like to live in a world of sin, in poverty, temptation on every side, lacking in social standing, or what it feels like to be ostracized, criticized, outcast and finally brutally treated.  He experienced it all. 

Thus we have the perfect Judge, Advocate, Defender, Savior and finally, much to His distaste, executioner.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.  Hebrews 4:15.

At the Judgment Seat of God no one will be able to say Jesus’ verdict is unfair because He is the marriage of the two—God and Man in one being.

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One Response to “Who’s to Judge?”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    Good post. Choice it all comes down to that who you’re going to serve, yourself or Jesus.

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