Anyone who’s been in a courtroom knows the atmosphere of authority and fear that surrounds the judge as he or she takes a seat. One day, everyone will face the ultimate Judge—the Lord Jesus Christ. When we approach Him, we’ll be standing before the One who is perfectly righteous and just. He is impartial and will make decisions with all wisdom and complete knowledge. His standard for justice is truth, not opinion.
Jesus, who’s been given this job by His heavenly Father, is perfect for the position: He can sympathize with our weaknesses and understands our temptations because He, too, has suffered and been tempted—yet never sinned (Heb. 4:15).
Scripture teaches that while believers won’t be condemned on the day of judgment, they will each stand before Christ to give an account of their life (Rom. 14:10-12). His purpose isn’t to punish but to evaluate and reward their good works.
What comfort we have in knowing that our Judge is also our Savior, who loved us enough to die for us. Christ is for us, not against us. May this realization motivate us to love and live for the One who has delivered us from the fear of punishment (1 John 4:16-18).
Bible in One Year: Joshua 20-22