Christ as Judge

Revelation 19:11

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.

We don’t often think of Christ as judge, and certainly not at Christmas time when our image of Jesus is as a little baby.  Many people are uncomfortable with the image portrayed in Revelation of Christ waging war and enacting justice.

While many people do not want to think about judgment, Christians should not fear it.  Jesus has paid the price for our sins and we are not at war with God.

Instead we should take heart in the justice of Christ.  Justice is something that we seek but do not always find in the world today.  Many countries have no real justice for their citizens.  Even in the best democratic countries it is often said that justice favors the rich and powerful.

Christ’s justice is just however.  It is handed out evenly without showing favor to anyone or incorrectly punishing the righteous.  Jesus knows who is with Him and who is against Him.

As Christians, we should not take vengeance on our enemies but God is able to and it is right for Him to do so.  It is because His justice will be handed out properly and without sin.  It will be fair for all, even those who are punished because God will righteously punish the wicked and reward the just.  This is Christ’s right as judge.

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