Judge? Not Quite

John 3:11–21; John 12:44–50

There is an ongoing tension in being a follower of . The first is that came to save the world so that no one would perish.

On the other hand, without a doubt, there is some sort of di of those who have died into those who will be ushered into the throne room, and those that will not.

For Christians, we have an understanding that knowing as our savior is a great thing. Some hard things go along with it. Some of them are hard because our fallen human nature wants to do them.

Often, though, the harder part is what the world wants us to do.

The first thing is that the world does not wish to be judged. Even says that he is not the judge. Yet later in the , he is. How do we that?

was not the judge while he walked the earth as the Messiah. was to bring the good news and the light. People would choose the light or the dark.

It is after it is all over that , as , becomes judge. Even that isn’t so much condemnation, but the ment of the t of the person standing there. We may be “waiting” for judgment, yet is really looking at our ts and peeling away the layers that we hide even from ourselves.

It is their own ts when confronted at the end by ’s s, that will judge them. There might be a silver lining in that though.

We are often our harshest critics. Like those who asked, “when did we you,” there will be those who will be wondering exly that.

Of course, there will be those that say, “we did you,” and will be condemned by their own ts that they d for themselves not out of love.

This is hard. We want the easy way. We want to know that our friends and who don’t know will be with us.

This also how we know that loves us. He gave a way to come to him. He left the way open for us the leave him (no matter how much it breaks his t).

※Prayer※

Lord, help us to not up on those we love that don’t know you. Amen.

※Questions※

1) How does one improve one’s Christian walk without judgment?

2) How does work in comparison with ment?

3) How do you evaluate your Christian walk?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.