John Koedyker

READ : Joel 3:1-11

I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there. (v. 2)

In this section the prophet returns to a subject we often try to avoid – the Last Judgment. Joel states that there will be a final accounting for the whole human race. On this day of reckoning God will call all the nations of the world together for judgment. No one will escape that fearful scene.

Judgment is a subject that often comes up in the Bible. Indeed, it is an important part of what we believe as Christians. In the Apostles’ Creed we confess that Christ will return to earth “to judge the living and the dead.” This can be unnerving, because a true accounting will find us all in trouble and falling short of the glory of God (see Rom. 3:23).

But there is hope. Joel prophesies that the Lord will restore “the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem.” Judgment doesn’t have to be doom and gloom. The Heidelberg Catechism in Question 52 also says that the Judgment can bring us comfort! It says that I as a believer can “confidently await as judge the very One who has already stood trial in my place before God and so has removed the whole curse from me.” That can happen only when we repent of our sins and trust in Jesus as Savior.


Lord, forgive my sins and give me confidence on the day of Judgment. Amen.