John 3:19 "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God."
It isn't difficult to picture God as Judge. He sits on a throne and sees all. And we are very conscious of the things in our hearts, minds and lives that are not right. We are keenly aware that we are far from perfect.
We know that we rightly should be judged. So our first sense of God is the One who knows our wrongs and is bent on punishing us for them. It's as if we believe God is like a traffic cop hiding in a speed trap and, inevitably...at some point, we will be over the limit and the cop will emerge from the shadows to stop us in our tracks. We think He's a "Gotcha" kind of God.
What we don't see is that He is the One who knows our wrongs and is bent on having a close, personal, fully restored relationship...a family relationship...with us with full knowledge that something has to be done about the flaws in our lives.
And so he sent his son to be an ambassador of love, and much more than that to pay the ransom to rescue us from ourselves! It all turns on the "light test". Jesus is the light. Do we come to him and risk exposing our faults only to find ourselves washed in that light...or do we draw back into the shadows? -
The judge also is the generous savior. What is your response to the "light test"?
"Death is inevitable. Life is a choice!"
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."