Teaching notes from my message about Jesus as our Righteous Judge.
Jesus the Just Judge
to form an opinion or evaluation of something after careful consideration. To decide the worth of something.
Matthew 7 misconception… “Do not judge”… context is about judging fairly and not judging prematurely. “Take the plank out of your eye so you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” There still is an evaluation, but it is done with a right heart and with full consideration of the circumstance, not a snap judgment.
A just judge is neutral, fair, and unbiased. A just judge considers all the evidence, not leaving anything out or overlooking anything.
What does God see when He “carefully considers” people?
1. He sees us, the person that He made and loves.
2. He sees our actions, thoughts, and attitudes. He sees the roots of all of these things,
not the surface appearance, but the heart behind why we do what we do.
3. He sees if we are covered by the sacrifice of His Son, or not.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
The Work of the Cross
A. God’s enemies- satan, the chief enemy, and those who rebel against Him
B. Our sin- forever removed, forever forgotten
a. Partakers of the New Covenant
3. His joy in receiving our sin
A. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
B. Story of St. Jerome
Living as Overcomers
“They overcame him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11
- The blood of the Lamb
God made Him who had no sin to become sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). We don’t argue with the enemy about our “own” righteousness, we just say, “Take it up with Him.”
2. The word of our testimony
This is the proclamation of our faith in Jesus and the power of His blood. Our “testimony” is like us testifying before a judge… THE JUDGE. All the evidence is laid bare, the evidence includes our failures AND His great love demonstrated on the cross.
It is GOOD NEWS that we have a Judge! We have a place to take the wrong things that have been done to us, and we have a place to take the wrong things that we have done. At the cross is where the great exchange happens: death to life, ashes to beauty, depression to a garment of praise.
“It’s time to let go.”