Words from the Heart for Saturday April 4th, 2020
I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
John 12:46-47 (NKJV)
Not To Judge
Unlike many American courts, Canadian judges aren’t elected, but appointed. There are multiple court levels in Canada: provincial courts, which oversee small claims courts, traffic cases, family law and minor criminal matters; superior provincial courts, which handle more serious matters; the courts of appeal; and the Supreme Court of Canada. The first requirement for the job of judge is to be a Canadian citizen; they are also be expected to have legal experience – at least ten years to serve as a judge on the Superior Court.
When Jesus comes again, He will do so to judge the world. Jesus speaks to this in Matthew 25. The entire world will appear before Him and He will separate the believers from those who rejected Him – the sheep and the goats to use His analogy. What a contrast to His role the first time He came. In John 12:46-47 we read, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” When Jesus came the first time, He did so as the Saviour. He would sacrifice His life so all who trust in Him would receive the gift of eternal life. He loves you and desires you to come to Him in faith, trusting Him as your Saviour. He will come again, and when He does, He will come as the judge. Until He returns we live in the day of grace. He calls you to Himself so that you might experience His forgiveness, which He offers freely. Reach out to Him in faith today.
These have been words from the heart.