Jesus Our King: Our Judge
The crowd clamored around Samuel. The elderly judge had just explained to the people that choosing a human king for Israel—instead of allowing God to rule directly—was a mistake. But they remained unconvinced.
“No!” they said, “but there shall be a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles” (1 Sam. 8:19-20).
The Lord relented, Saul was appointed king, and with that, the role of judge became the king’s responsibility. In biblical times, kings were like a court of final appeal and had supreme authority. Even their humblest subjects could come to them to have a matter settled.
Who can forget the story of the two women who came to King Solomon to have him decide which of them was the mother of a certain baby. Tragically, one of the women had rolled over her baby in the night, killing him, but claimed the other woman’s child was hers. In a dramatic ruling, Solomon ordered the living baby be cut in two and each woman given one half. At that point, the real mother tells the other woman to take the baby, because she doesn’t want to see her child harmed.
1 Kings 3:28 reports that when the people heard of king Solomon’s judgment, “they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice” (ESV).
Solomon had a special gift of wisdom, but the King of Kings, Jesus, is the all-wise God, and has been appointed by God the Father to be our Judge (John 5:22; Acts 10:42). This makes Him the perfect Judge. Judgment may not be something we like to think about—especially when we’re the ones being judged—but deep down we all long for justice. We long for things to be made right and righteousness and truth to prevail.
Not only are Jesus’ rulings fair and right, He invites even His most humble subjects to approach Him (Heb. 4:16). Those who’ve submitted their lives to His leadership don’t have to fear His judgment. Instead, we can look forward to the day when He makes all things right.
Revelation paints a stunning picture of our coming King and Judge: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war” (Rev. 19:11). Like the true King that He is, Jesus will one day judge the world according to His finished work on the cross and set all things right.
Written by Suzanne Gosselin
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