“There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names. An’ he decides who to free and who to blame. Everybody won’t be treated all the same. There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down. When the man comes around. “—Johnny Cash
“Jesus would never judge anyone!” 95% of Americans
Every now and then I enjoy watching a program called Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel. The show involves a team of ‘experts’ tackling various ‘myths’ or ‘urban legends’ through scientific study—usually by blowing something up. As theologians we sometimes have to be involved in mythbusting. One I’d like to blow up today is the good old myth that to be like Jesus means being nonjudgmental. We all know that, right? If someone judges something to be sin, if we question another believer, we are being judgmental and hence, by definition, not at all like Jesus. Because we all know that Jesus wouldn’t judge anyone.
In point of fact, Jesus will judge EVERYONE. Not a single person will be exempt from the burning eye of the Lord Jesus. Wow! How did we miss that one? We’re not off by one or two, but by billions.
Jesus told his disciples in John 5:22, “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son.”
In Matthew 25 Jesus speaks of Himself as sitting on His throne of Judgment gathering all the nations before Him. He speaks of passing eternal damnation on some and rewarding others with eternal life. When Peter preached to Cornelius in Acts 10 he said that Jesus was, “ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.”
How did we miss that?
The thought of Jesus as the all seeing Judge was popular preaching in a past generation. It is particularly offensive and politically incorrect to make such a reference to Jesus today. But this Jesus is the Jesus that sinners will face. They need to be confronted by their accountability to Him. It is only as we preach and uphold this Jesus, the real Jesus, that sinners will see their need of Him. Bless God, for myriads upon myriads from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation, Jesus will say, Not guilty!Jim Savastio, Pastor Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville