Thursday, July 6 – Acts 17:30-31

Jul 5, 2023

“So having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now proclaiming to mankind that all people everywhere are to repent, because He has set a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all people by raising Him from the dead.”

 

“I’ll be the judge of that!” and “Who am I to judge?” are common phrases in our culture. We often wonder who the rightful judge is. It sounds appealing to take on judgment, to have the final say, but we were not made to bear that load. However, avoiding any amount of making judgment, avoiding any measure of discomfort in this area, also holds some appeal.

 

Scripture tells us judgment will come from God. The good news for those who trust Jesus is the weight and judgment of our sin falls on Him instead of us. John 3:16-18 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

 

God’s call to repentance does not have to intimidate us, and the thought of judgment does not need to scare us. When we are in Christ, we are made right with God, and the Holy Spirit transforms us. No longer does God seem like a distant figure waiting to judge us when we fall. He is now our Advocate and Savior, who gives us hope in this life and in the life to come.

 

  • When do you typically feel tempted to take judgment into your own hands?
  • How are you encouraged to remember Jesus has taken your punishment if you have placed your faith in Him?
  • Pray and thank God for His gift of grace and salvation.
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