The Last Judgment

Lou Lotz

READ : John 5:19-23

The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son. (v. 22)

Behavioral psychologists talk about something called an Ethic of Anticipation. That is, when you know something is coming, you begin to act a certain way in anticipation of it.

What would an Ethic of Anticipation look like as we anticipate the Second Coming of Christ? Certainly we should not, as some have done, sell all our belongings and gather on a hillside.

A better approach would be, in our relationships with one another, to begin now to live in the light of what we know is going to occur—we are going to be judged. “All of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ,” says Paul (2 Corinthians 5:10).

It is a sobering thought, the Judgment Day. But remember, we are judged by Christ. “The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son.”

The same loving Savior who died for us on the cross, rose again from the dead for us, and sits at the right hand of God interceding for us, he is our judge. He is the one who will pronounce the sentence. And he is the one on whom the sentence has already been carried out. We can be confident when we meet Christ as our judge then, if we have already met him as our Savior now.

PRAYER

Come, Lord Jesus.