Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
Judgment is not exactly the most cheery or festive of holiday topics; no one has ever written a Christmas carol about “Jesus the Judger” or written a Christmas card that said, “Merry Christmas and may judgment be brought down upon you!” That being said, I think that Jesus coming to judge is some of the greatest good news we could ever receive so bear with me here…
I recently heard a sermon in which the pastor likened us to prisoners in a glass cell, held captive by our own sin. We think we are free, we think we can see all, we think we are in control, but it is all an illusion. We are trapped in the confines of our own corrupt limitations, powerless to free ourselves or to even see our own imprisonment. The law of the Old Testament, God’s law, is like paint; it coats the walls of our glass prison and suddenly reveals to us our own depraved nature. Without paint, the glass remains invisible to us and we are unable to see our own glass prison; we would live an unending life of perceived clarity while all the while being confined by our own sin. But with the law, the walls of our prison and our own bounds are immediately visible to us.
I’ve often felt a sense of claustrophobia when I truly realized how depraved my own soul is and come to acknowledge the fact that I am captive to my own broken self. But the full intention of God’s judgment did not culminate in us seeing the painted walls of our sinful glass prisons; no, God sent Christ to fulfill the law, to judge us with grace and mercy, and save his corrupted children. With his victory on the cross, Christ breaks through the painted glass, he frees us from our sin, he ushers us into new life with Him.
Unfortunately, so many don’t want this good news. They haven’t acknowledged God’s law, they don’t know their sin, they don’t see the walls, and don’t know how desperately and dearly they need a gracious Savior like Jesus.
May it be good news to us all that we have a judge who has come and is coming again to fulfill the law and redeem us to the uttermost!