“And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth”. (John 9:39-41).
In these last three verses of chapter 9 of the Book of John Jesus says something that is very much overlooked particularly in today’s society. Jesus said, “For judgment I am come into this world”.
In today’s world “judgment” is a bad word and even worse, a bad action. The idea of “judging” especially by a loving Jesus is appalling to most of mankind today and even verges on blasphemy! But Jesus gives judgment as his purpose for coming into the world.
It must be understood that only a loving God would send his Son to judge you and I. Why? So we won’t burn in Hell and be lost forever. Metaphorically speaking, judgment is a life ring thrown out by Jesus to pull us out of the burning lake of fire.
Man is offended when he is judged. Man considers it condemnation as well as condescending. Mans’ pride and ego cannot handle the truth nor can he handle properly having his own shortcomings pointed out to him.
But let’s take a closer look at what judgment is. It is the character and persona of God. We are children of God with His character trait first instilled in us. The devil came and man allowed sin to enter the skin and pervert that original and natural characteristic within us.
During the process of time God had to show man his shortcomings. He had to if he wanted mankind to live! James makes the point crystal clear when he said that, “sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). Sin and unrighteousness has one destination-Death. Those who continue in it shall surely die and God doesn’t want anyone to die!
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10).
God wanted His people to live! So he had to have mankind discover or rather re-discover what righteousness was. He first did it with the Law. The Law of which only the righteous could live was called by the Apostle Paul the “ministration of death” and the “ministration of condemnation” because it pointed out two things. First that man is a sinner. Secondly that no one could live life righteously on their own; all of us needed a Savior. That Savior is Jesus Christ.
“The letter therefore is dead, and the law of the Lord kills its readers when it is dissevered from the grace of Christ, and only sounds in the ear without touching the heart. But if it is effectually impressed on the heart by the Spirit; if it exhibits Christ, it is the word of life converting the soul, and making wise the simple…. we have no great certainty of the word itself, until it be confirmed by the testimony of the Spirit” (John Calvin).
Now mankind knows righteousness from unrighteousness, right from wrong, sinner and saint. He now knows that he was made in the image of God imbued with His character and traits. Man knows that he allowed himself to be perverted by the devil and sin. He also knows the Lord Jesus Christ.
Those who are in Christ can see. Those without cannot. But even still man has the ability to choose whether or not to see or be blind.
The religious elite, the Pharisees asked Jesus Christ, “Are we blind also?”
“They were indeed blind, as to any true and saving sight of Christ, and of the true way of salvation by believing in him; seeing (as they apprehended) a way of salvation without Christ, by the works of the law, and wilfully shutting their eyes against the glorious light of the gospel shining on them” (Matthew Poole).
Here is the question we all need to ask ourselves. Are we like the religious elite who did willfully shut their eyes to Christ? Are we knowingly making ourselves blind to His way? Is it because God’s judgment, his character attributes offend us?
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus also said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). To put it in its most simplistic form, Jesus Christ is life!
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye” (Ezekiel 18:30-32).
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