All power belongs to Jesus. We all say it glibly, but have we thought thoroughly of what it means? John 5:22 caught my eye – “Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgement to the Son,” I’ve always thought of Christ as an intercessor so the thought of Him as a judge is a little scary for me.
You see, when my children get up to high jinx I’m often the intercessor and a calming influence on their father. Then there is the rare occasion when whether their father is there or not I play the enforcer’s role and all hell breaks loose. Without a moderating influence (He’s usually shell shocked by my rage), my wrath and judgement rains down without mercy.
When Christ no longer sits on that Mercy seat and pleads our case, but takes His place as Judge over us on that last day would we really have a case? He was our intercessor! He did everything He could if there is fault then it is in us. He came to die that we might live, He gave an example that we might know how, He left the Holy Spirit behind that we might not struggle so much and just in case He still pleads our case. Yet we still choose to go our own way; like sheep (Isaiah 53:6). In dishonoring Christ we dishonor God.
When Christ met the cripple at the pool He asked him directly if he wanted to get well. What a strange thing to do! The man had an obvious need and he was in the place to fix it, surely Jesus could see that? And yet the man’s answer was not as direct as the question; he gave an excuse as why he had not been healed yet.
Many of us are comfortable where we are, so although we make the outward appearance of progress, our inner condition is different. God sees that. Christ wasn’t being mean when he asked a cripple to get up. In today’s politically correct world, I’m sure someone would have protested and asked Jesus to chill, give the guy some time or at least a hand up. Maybe even a shoulder to lean on as He guided Him to the pool. But Christ gave a sudden command, saw it was obeyed and then disappeared. He later showed up to check on the former cripple, it was then that He gave gentle guidance.
Some of us are at the sudden command stage of our lives, others at the disappearing stage and some are receiving gentle guidance.
With all the care and attention Christ is dedicating to us now as He serves as our intercessor, do we have an excuse, a reason not to make it to Heaven? Verse 24 of John 5 gives us great hope; “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (NIV)
Think About This
Will you cross over from death into life?
Dear Lord, May I get up, pick my mat and walk. May I be well again having crossed over from death into life. Forgive my sins, may I look to You as my life example that I may sin no more, but rather live under the shelter of Your protection. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.