God Will Judge Us All!!
“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”
-2 Timothy 4:8
God will judge us all!!
How do you hear that? Most often when I hear people talk about God judging us when Christ returns the person is saying this as a threat. God’s going to get you, you sinner!! Certainly, God will come and will judge us. That can be very frightening, but it doesn’t have to be.
In our passage for today, Paul is writing Timothy and he knows his (Paul’s) time is near an end. He knows he doesn’t have much longer before he will die. Immediately before our verse Paul writes,
“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.”
Paul has endured much suffering and served with vigor and now, as the end approaches he looks back at his life. He doesn’t see possessions he has saved up or the popularity he has achieved.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
He has kept the faith. He made it to the end of the race holding onto faith in Christ Jesus. And, now, knowing the promise of Christ, he says with confidence, “there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness” which none other than the one who judges all will give!
For the guilty, standing before the judge is a terrifying thing. However, for the innocent, it is a very different experience. Standing before the judge means being exonerated of all accusations. It means being set free.
Yes, we all have sinned, but for those who have faith in Jesus those sins have been forgiven wiped clean. Thus, for those who believe on the name of Jesus, we do not need to stand before the judge in fear, but rather in joy, hope, and excitement…for we stand as one who is innocent of all charges. So, rather than fear the day of the Lord’s return, we “love His appearing.” For we, too, will be awarded “crown of righteousness.”
You are the good and righteous judge and You are also the one who makes us righteous through Your blood. Keep us in the faith that we might say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” and knowing that, in that Day when you judge all things, we need not be afraid. We will rejoice at Your appearing.