Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 1.
“…and judge of the world:…“
“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead…” – Nicene Creed
No one likes to be judged. Even the verb “judge” has the connotation of disapproval; rarely do you hear it used in cheerful conversation. When someone says “Don’t judge me!” they are really saying, “Don’t tell me my actions are wrong, since you don’t know my motivations or circumstances, nor do you have any moral high ground to decide my actions are wrong.”
When Jesus comes to judge the world, the cry of “Don’t judge me!” will fall silent. This judge has every right to determine what actions are wrong, for He has ruled what is right and wrong. He knows our motivations, for “the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword,… and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrew 4:12) He knows your circumstances because He decreed that they come to pass. He has the ultimate moral high ground to judge, for He walked this earth, tempted in every way that we are, yet He did not sin.
God chose and ordained His Son, Jesus, to judge the world. And the world will be judged – there is no free pass. No one will be able to stand on their own righteousness before Him, for all have sinned. Yet this righteous Judge, through His mercy and grace, has paid the penalty for sinners who have faith in Him. As His elect, we can look forward to His judging, for His righteousness covers us, and that righteousness is perfectly holy.
Questions to Consider
- What is your reaction to Jesus as judge?