Key Verse: God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor? James 4:12
Earthly judges do their best to dispense justice to the people from the smallest of cases to the most severe ones. However, a human judge will at some point always make an error of judgement and cause untold misery. Even the best judge cannot see inside our minds, cannot adequately discern between truth and fiction, and at times may have their own biases which sway their decisions. People can be wrongly imprisoned for years and have their lives ruined because a judge did not have all the information.
How splendorous is it then to know that we have a heavenly judge who sits on a throne in the courts of heaven! God is a true and righteous judge that takes into account every small detail of a person’s life to determine what the best judgement should be. He is a judge with no hint of corruption, who cannot be bribed or blackmailed and cannot give a false judgement in any case.
One day every man and woman who has ever lived will stand before the Great White Throne and be judged appropriately by Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says clearly, “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”
As believers washed in the blood of the Lamb, The judge will acquit us of our sin for his name’s sake. Not only is God the one who created us, but He is also the one who died for us, who paid the price for us, who has saved us from an eternity of torment, and who will ultimately judge us. We are no longer condemned to Hell because we have accepted the gift of salvation offered to us through Christ.
For non-believers, judgment should be an extremely worrying aspect of death to consider. Imagine the whole of your life being brought up in court in a vivid way. Every wicked thought, every evil deed you have done on earth will be made visible, and you will stand utterly shamed before your eternal sentence is handed down.
If you’re a believer, get the Word out to your nearest and dearest that God is a righteous judge. If you’re a non-believer, carefully consider if you are worthy to stand before a Holy God. Won’t you turn to Him who is the only one who can forgive and pardon completely with the price he paid for you?