The world as we know it now will one day be judged. Guess who will be the future Judge of the world?
That’s right – Jesus will be the one to judge the people of the world.
So from today, add “judge” to the titles you call Jesus, because that’s who He is too.
You call Jesus teacher. You are right because while He was on earth He went about teaching about the kingdom of God and words of wisdom.
You call Him healer. You are also right because He was the One that went about healing people of all kinds of sicknesses and diseases.
You can call Him Master too, because He raised disciples and many loyal followers.
Even those of us who have accepted the benefits of His substitutionary work acknowledge Him as our Lord and Master.
He is also the Saviour of the world because it was only Him that paid the price of redemption for mankind, thereby reconciling us with God.
Whether it was teaching about the kingdom, healing different kinds of people, raising disciples and dying for us on the cross of Calvary, Jesus fulfiled those roles while He was on earth.
But He is coming back again to perform one more function: to judge the world. That’s why Jesus is the future Judge of the world.
You can call Him the final judge of the world because after His, there would be no other judgement.
He is the only qualified person to judge the world. First as the Son of man, He is the only sinless person that ever lived.
Secondly, as the Son of God, He is the One who died to redeem mankind from sin and Satan.
And most importantly, the responsibility of judging the world has been committed into His Hands.
Jesus affirmed He’ll judge the world
The writer of the Gospel of John revealed whose responsibility it is to judge the world when he stated that,
“The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son” – John 5:22.
Of course the son referred to in that paragraph was Jesus Christ.
Actually, John was quoting Jesus affirming Himself as the One whom has been given responsibility to judge the world.
And to clear all doubts about that, Jesus further explained, “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man – John 5:26-27 NKJV.
The Son has been given power to execute judgement on earth. The judgement is not now but in future when Jesus comes again to the earth.
Here is how the Bible further paints the picture of the coming judgement:
When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all his angels are with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. The people of every nation will be gathered in front of him. He will separate them as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right but the goats on his left – Matthew 25:31-33.
Apostle Paul recognised who the future judge of the world is
In his second letter to the Corinthians, Apostle Paul referred to a judgement seat where Jesus Christ is the chief judge. Hear him:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad – 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Similarly, in Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Jesus Christ was also mentioned as the would be judge of everyone on earth, including those who have died.
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge . . . ” 2 Tim. 4:1.
Jesus is identified with many titles: Son of God, Son of man, teacher, messiah, Saviour, etc. Now you know He is a judge too.
Don’t be deceived; there is a judgment day for the world. But the chief judge will not be a human authority.
It will be Jesus Christ Himself that will seat to judge the whole world. He is the only one qualified to do so. That’s why the judgement of the world has been committed to His hands.
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Acts 17:30-31 NKJV
When we celebrate Christmas, we should remember that we are not just celebrating the birth of an ordinary baby. We are also celebrating the birth of our Saviour, God in the flesh, the soon-coming King and the future Judge of the world.
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