Reflection: One of the most startling claims that Jesus of Nazareth made during his earthly life was that he will be our final judge. God the Father has assigned Jesus that responsibility (John 5:22, 27), and, on reflection, this is entirely apt. Jesus lived among human beings as a human being, so he is uniquely well-placed to assess – on an individual basis (cf. Matt. 25:31-33 – “one by one”) – the genuineness of our faith and the fidelity of our motives and conduct to his teachings. Thus, Jesus is our “righteous judge” (2 Tim. 4:8). Incidentally,
today’s verse also reminds us that all the people in human history who have already died will be raised to face Jesus’ judgment when he returns, along with all the people who are then alive. Astoundingly, God the Father has already set the day that this will happen (Acts 17:31).
Questions: Have you considered the passages in the New Testament in which Jesus discusses how he will judge people? What about the passages in which, while on earth, he did judge people?
Prayer: Father, thank you for appointing Jesus as my righteous judge. Help me to fulfill Jesus’ hopes for me and His expectations of me. Help my loved ones who are still alive to do likewise. Amen.