Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 3.
“…who also put all power and judgement in his hand, and gave him Commandment to execute the same.“
Who are you to judge?
Throughout this paragraph, we have seen what kind of man Jesus was in His human nature. Sanctified and anointed by the Holy Spirit, He had wisdom and understanding. Holy, harmless, and undefiled, no sin was found in Him. He was full of grace and truth. In all things He did the will of His Father.
It is the same Jesus, holy, wise and truthful, that the Father appointed to execute all power and judgement. In the hands of anyone less, such power and judgment would be corrupting, and we would anticipate injustice. But the qualities that enable Him to be mediator also enable Him to be the perfect judge. Jesus, having the Holy Spirit without measure, will never be unjust.
As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. – John 5:30
Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead. Do you think that He will let you off easily? If you are an unbeliever, you may have convinced yourself that Jesus is like the cool teacher who overlooks the rulebreaking of his students. But Christ is just. Eternal transgression against a holy God must be punished, and it definitely will be punished, with those who rebel against Him paying the price. “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.” (John 3:18-19)
If you are in Christ, you have escaped punishment for your sin, but you were not let off easily: the price paid for your sin was paid with the blood of Jesus Christ Himself. Such a reality should encourage us to flee sin all the more swiftly. When we do sin, though, remember that Christ is just. He is the perfect mediator, and will not require more than His sacrifice for your redemption. The judge of all the earth will do justly.
Questions to Consider
- Does Jesus being a judge scare you or comfort you?