Your Judge or Your Saviour?
Looking down upon the defendant who stood before him, the old judge was all but overwhelmed with emotion. For there stood his old classmate of law school days, whom the jury had found guilty of a bloody crime. It had been nearly forty years since their ways had parted, the one going on in the legal profession and the other gradually embarking upon a career of crime and violence that had now culminated in the murder of a police officer.
“Do you remember, Ben,” the judge asked, “when we saw each other the last time, nearly forty years ago?”
“Indeed I do, your honor,” answered the defendant. “You had just bailed me out of jail and had taken me to your room. I remember how you pleaded with me that night, to turn from the kind of life into which I was headed. Oh, if I had only heeded your words then!”
“Yes, if you only had,” mused the judge. Then with tears in his eyes, he said: “Ben, that night I wanted to be your rescuer, your saviour. But you wouldn’t listen. Now I must be your judge. I would give my right arm to be able to rescue you now, but it’s too late. Ben, it’s too late! The jury finds you guilty, and I must pass sentence upon you. This breaks my heart, Ben, but today I am your judge!”
Before criticizing poor Ben too much for his folly, let the reader consider his own life, and be sure that he is not committing the same folly on a larger scale, before the eternal Judge. Does He not also want to be your Saviour? Did He not come to seek and to save us? “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17
Let us not deceive ourselves about the consequences of rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour. For there is a day coming when He will be the Judge, sitting in solemn, terrible judgment, duty bound to maintain God’s justice upon those who have spurned His mercy. This solemn scene is described in Revelation 20:11-15. The unsaved are there, great and small, good and bad, arraigned before Him as the defendants, to be sentenced. The saved are safely behind the throne, their names recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Sentence is passed upon the unsaved, “and they were judged every man according to their works… And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:13, 15
“He that believeth on Him (Christ) is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18 “He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36
Will He be compelled to say to you: “I wanted to be your Saviour then, but you wouldn’t listen?” Must He rehearse to you the terrible sacrifice He made for you, dying for your sins in agonies on the cross, offering to pay the penalty of your sins at God’s judgment bar, and must He then rehearse your constant rejection of Him? There can be no mercy there at the great white throne. It is too late for mercy. “Now it is too late! Now I am your Judge!”
If you are not yet saved, then turn to the third chapter of John and read it carefully. Learn of God’s loving appeal to sinners, and receive the Lord Jesus as your Saviour. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
You MUST have Christ – either as your Saviour or as your Judge! “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31