Monday, June 13, 2016
A Righteous Judge
There is a story in the news concerning a California court case in which, Judge Aaron Persky, handed down a very light sentence, outside of even the minimum sentence guidelines. The accused rapist was given a mere six months instead of an expected sentence of four years. The outcry was swift and angry calling for the recall of a judge that ruled unjustly with a bias of leniency for crimes against women.
Perhaps the judge himself was guilty of a promiscuous youth, perhaps he had no sisters or daughters, perhaps he grew up without a mother. I tried to find some personal information about the man Aaron Persky but could not find anything. I did find an article written by someone who also came up google-empty on Aaron Persky, a father of ten daughters who asked the question, "Judge Persky, do you have any daughters?"
We feel a deep sense of injustice when the innocent are not protected nor the guilty punished.
We sit in the courtroom and are quick to judge those who pass sentence without any empathy or identification with the victim or pass a sentence that does not reflect the seriousness of the crime committed.
I was reading a passage in John 5 yesterday and verse 22 jumped out at me.
"For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son."
While the verse was a familiar one to me - it suddenly took on a deepened clarity of insight.
Why does the Father judge no one, but give all judgement to Jesus?
We know that God is righteous and all He does is in perfect righteousness.
"The Lord is righteous in all His ways...." Ps. 145:17
"But the Lord shall endure forever. He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness." Ps. 8:7,8
God prepared His judgment throne, and then called Jesus to preside over the courtroom - because God the Father's righteousness could not do otherwise.
Jesus, because He walked in our flesh, because He identified with our humanity and our weaknesses, because He Himself experienced what we experience - is a Judge that cannot be faulted. No one standing before Jesus and receiving his sentence OR his reward will be able to find one word of rebuttal.
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." II Cor. 5:10
As believers, what a comfort it is to know that the One before we shall stand knows and understands us intimately and when His eyes meet ours, they will be full of love!