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Why Jesus is the Judge
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Category: Christ related
The Bible states in Acts 10:42 that Jesus ‘is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead’ and ‘that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through is name.’ The Father entrusted all judgment to Jesus (John 5:22) and yet ‘God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him’ (John 3:17).
Here we see God’s amazing brilliance:
1. Say for instance a person comes to give an account to Jesus of what he did with his life on earth. He has a sad story about how hard life was and that he did not have the time to give attention to God’s offer of forgiveness and salvation. He even accuses Jesus that He doesn’t understand how difficult it was to be a human being living in a sinful society. Since Jesus is the judge, what do you think His reaction will be? He will probably respond with: ‘You must be joking! I was a man just like you; I was born in very poor circumstances; I suffered the shame of ‘illegitimacy’; I walked where I wanted to be; I never had a home; I worked in my father’s business as a carpenter; and I was subjected to all the trials and tribulations that befall human beings. In Hebrews 2:14a is written that ‘since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity...’; verse 17, ‘He had to be made like His brothers in every way...’; verse 18 ‘because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted’. Jesus came to the earth to prove to man that it is possible, with the help of the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit, to live a life pleasing to the Lord. He was under more scrutiny because of what He did and said, and was eventually severely tested and tortured and put to death.
2. Since Jesus is God, He is sinless. So He has the right to judge. He is not like an earthly judge who is also a fallible human being. Jesus is full of grace and mercy and explains that His words will be the judge (John 12:47). That means that all people can know the law and standard according to which they will be judged: the Word of God, the Bible, will one day be the judge, and to make sure that no one is treated unfairly, God has His books (the Book of Life and the other books, Revelation 3:5; 13:8; 20:12,15).
3. Another reason why Jesus can be the judge is that, as God, He is omniscient (knows everything). Nothing happens that He is not aware of. People think they can do things in the dark, but Jesus knows about it. We assume that those things are all written down in the books to testify on the day of the great court case. This will be the biggest, most tragic, but also the most fair court judgment of all times.
We trust that we are empowered to make this information known to as many people as we know, so they will not be caught unaware by the clever tricks of the devil, and be ashamed on that day of the Lord.