“And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption”
1 Corinthians 1:30
There are not many events in life that leave as bad a sour taste in one’s mouth then a corrupt judge. A judge that overlooks offenses, ignores details, denies evidence or simply brushes facts under the carpet. How I long to see a just judge in our courts. A judge that deals with all things justly. Where do I find such a just judge?
The Bible says that God is our just judge. It affirms that he does not overlook, ignore, deny or brush away truth. He deals with all sin. This may have the immediate emotion of excitement as we consider our enemies being taken care of, but the truth is that we are all dead in sin thus we are all going to be condemned by our just judge. How are we going to stand safely in our trial? We need to stand in the righteousness that Jesus offers by grace through faith.
Jesus earned our righteousness in two ways:
1. Christ’s obedience on our behalf – in order to be saved, we need perfect obedience to the Law of God. The promise of the gospel is that for some unfathomable loving reason, Christ’s perfect obedience is imputed to us. So that when we do face the judge, he will see Christ’s perfection.
2. Christ’s suffering on our behalf – in order to be saved, we need the God’s wrath of our sin dealt with. The promise of the gospel is that Jesus took the full wrath of God upon himself when he went to the Cross. So that when we do face the judge, he will look at us in peace not wrath.
Martin Luther said this is the great exchange, our imperfection and condemnation for God’s perfection and salvation. How beautiful is the gospel! Jesus is our righteousness and redeemer. He has taken car of our sins, because God is a just judge.
What are you looking to for your salvation on judgement day? Are you hoping that your good deeds will outweigh your bad, or are you hoping in Jesus, knowing that he is your righteousness and your redeemer?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your love for us that you can down to be our righteousness. Lord Jesus, give is eyes to see your kingdom, a heart to share the gospel and a desire to live for you always. Amen