Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Here Comes the Judge

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on March 15, 2010 at 7:53 am

“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
  1. You can’t argue against Scripture. Somewhere in my catholic upbringing the fear of Jesus was ingrained in me and even after I became a Christian I could hardly say His name out loud. It took me years to overcome that fear and to feel that Jesus is my friend. He is a friend to those who believe in Him and those He has saved. You are right, Pastor, when you say He will also judge. He is also our intercessor.
    I’ve often thought that some Christians want to make God friendly so they will come to Him when in fact, they should be afraid of His wrath. I had an acquaintance tell me that the night before he had walked the aisle and accepted Jesus. I asked him if he was going to go to church now and he said: What for? I walked the aisle, that’s enough. He refused to listen to anything else I could tell him. People hear what they want to hear and some people say what they think people want them to say.
    I thank the Lord for the reformed teaching because it is true to Scripture. It makes no excuses for Jesus, it waters nothing down to compromise the truth. I pray more people are hungry for that kind of knowledge. It does set us free and I find assurance that God is in control of all things.

  2. Yes that is true we canont argue against Scripture.That because Scripture is right in Judgement and one day every one of us will have to stand before our Lord God in Heaven at the Judgement throne and will be named.So as for me i thank the Lord for the Reformed teaching as it is true to the Holy Scripture.And i truely find assurance that God is in Control of my life and all things.Amen.

  3. Amen Brother. Thanks for that glimpse of our exalted, glorious savior!

  4. I love the part in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe where Lucy asks the Beavers if Aslan is safe. Mr. Beaver responds by saying, “Safe? Of course he isn’t safe! But he’s good! He’s the king.”

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