36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all…42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. (Acts 10: 36, 42, NIV)
There has been a lot of talk about judges lately. What they should do, what they shouldn’t do, how they should rule, and if they should be protected. There have been vast public debates about whether or not rulings are correct, appropriate, constitutional, or even moral. Throughout the past several years, there has also been discussion on what the requirements for a judge should entail, how they should be appointed, and even if they should be removed.
The role of a judge in a society is an honorable one. It also comes with great responsibility. The higher the court, the greater the responsibility. Jesus is the judge over the highest court of them all: the fate of all mankind.
The prophet Isaiah foretold that Jesus would be the ultimate judge. In John, Jesus proclaims Himself the ultimate judge, as he is the Son of Man. Unlike judges today, Jesus will not be swayed by fancy words and sorrowful tales. The judgment each person received from Jesus Christ will be fair and true.
In Revelation 20, the Apostle John describes a Throne of Judgement upon which Jesus will sit and judge all for their actions. While those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior can rest assured in their eternal salvation, our actions, while here on earth will still be judged, and rewards given in heaven based upon those actions.
Every single person in the world – past, present, and future – will be judged by Jesus Christ. The final judgment cannot be escaped or avoided. There will be no appeals. It is what lies ahead for believers and unbelievers alike.
So what does this mean for us? Salvation comes through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but our works here on earth still matter! Is your faith shown only on Sunday mornings? Would your coworkers and friends be surprised to discover you call yourself a Christian? Are you sharing the Gospel? Are you a representative of Jesus Christ? How will you be judged?
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