God Enters the World as Judge


GodReflection: God Enters the World as Judge

aboutEvery dedicated Jew knew the meaning of “The Day of the Lord.”

The prophets used the phrase to warn the people of God’s judgment. New Testament writers joined the prophets in warning the people of a time when God would end the world and judge its inhabitants.

There will be a great divide between lost and found.

Those my age received a hearty diet of judgment. From church to home, we knew to face judge3judgment was rarely good. We understood exactly the meaning of “wait until daddy gets home.”

Both God and daddy were out to get me when I misbehaved.

God clarified judgment through the stable baby born to judge.

The Apostle John quotes Jesus explanation as a correct understanding of judgment. He takes the fear out of judgment for the believer.

The Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.

The God of Judgment enters the world in a Jewish manger wrapped in cloths of grace. Those who place their trust in the holy child receive the promised of life not judgment.

Years ago a godly lady of our church gave birth to twin boys. The doctors discovered the mother had a rare heart condition that would not allow her even minimal strength to care for the twins.

Many from our church—including my wife—stepped in to fill “around the clock” time spots to aid in the twins care. The unique personality of each little one was obvious. One was quieter while his brother showed spunk from birth.

Ten years went by and their grandpa told this story:

firecracker4The family took a vacation to Alabama allowing the lads to stock up on firecrackers and cherry bombs for the upcoming July 4th.

In parallel fashion, an expensive remodeling project took place on the family master bathroom. New vanities, new sinks, new tile—you get the picture.

Spunky little twin has a brainstorm. “What would happen if a cherry bomb was placed in a toy boat floating on the full deep sea of a brand new expensive sink?”

BOOM!!!

A frighten little boy with a demolished sink and vanity, and plumbing blown to smithereens, reacts in fear and deep repentance after causing a debt far greater than his allowance. Based on his current weekly income he would need to live several hundred years to repay the destroyed bathroom.

Judgment hovered overhead.

A wise mom alerted dad to what he would find when he arrived home.

On the weekend granddad pulled aside his grandson, “What did your dad do to you?”

“My dad came home and said son let’s go for a ride. He took me and bought me an ice ice cream5cream.” He said, ‘I want you to learn about the grace of Jesus, I want you to always remember this day. This is how Jesus treats us when we sin and mess up but repent from the heart. He accepts our repentance and rewards us with his love.”‘

I’m glad his grandfather shared the story with me. It makes me look forward to pecan crunch ice cream rather than blistering condemnation when God returns to judge the world through His Son.

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – Reflecting on God’s final Advent

Gary@GodReflection.org

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About Dr. Gary Sorrells

From birth to death, I am God-wired. My body is not as energized as in earlier times, yet as my soul runs toward the finish line it carries a dream. I want to give glory to God by writing. Only now is the timing right to lean hard into this gift from God. For the first time in life, the totality of my God walk with family, the church, academic training, work experience, life scars, and accrued wisdom, provides value to share through the written word. It is as if all of the trails of life are crossing at this point. My formal education includes the B.A., M.A. and the Doctor of Ministry degrees in Bible from Abilene Christian University. Between 1980 and 2011, I worked with the Non-Profit entity, Great Cities Missions. I currently serve as Director Emeritus and as a member of the Board of Trustees. -Gary J Sorrells Gary@GodReflection.org

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