God is a judge. One day he will step up into the judgement seat, taking his responsibility to see justice done. Everyone will be judged according to what they have done. But God’s heart never changes. It will certainly bleed when he has to send away those who did not accept the redemption of his son Jesus.
At God’s heart there will always be: “Mercy triumphs over judgment,” and “God our Saviour who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
The heart of God always cries out; “come”. The Bible starts with God in perfect relationship with human beings. Through the book, there is a red thread running from beginning to end about how God is fighting to win us back. In the very end, you get a last word of encouragement from the creator with a heartache.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”
Revelation 22:17 NIV
The Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God is crying out. And the church, his bride is crying out the same. The time for judgement is not yet. It will come, there is no denying it. But these are the days of grace, where you can come and find shelter in God our father.
The culmination of the bible is not found at the end, as in any other book. More like a song, the peak is found somewhere in the middle. When Jesus stepped out of heaven and trod this earth under his feet, the final chapter of God’s salvations story was already drawing near. As he himself said regarding the life he was about to give; “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” He came to give, and to “to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The judge with the father’s heart has a plan. He has always had that specific plan, through all of history. All the sins gathered up from the beginning of time, was laid on the shoulders of Jesus. Willingly he gave his all for us. The blood of Abel—history’s first victim of murder—was crying for vengeance. Not only for Abel, but for every murdered person in this universe. Together with this, vengeance for every lie, every deceit, every unfaithful act, found their vengeance on the body of Jesus.
These sins, done by our hands weighed Jesus down all the way through death on the cross and into the grave. And from that grave, came grace. The sinless son of God rose again to life, because death could not hold him. And his position right now is with arms open wide, whispering from God’s heart to ours; “come”.
The judge has passed his judgement once, and it will be passed again. The first time on Jesus as a payment for all. The second time on those who don’t receive forgiveness though Jesus, at the end of time.
References: James 2:13, 1. Timothy 2:4, John 10:18, Mark 10:45