Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Jesus Christ executed judgment against the forces of evil through His death on the cross. Individuals will be judged according to their response to His saving grace. And Jesus was appointed judge by God the Father. “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22 NKJV) What better judge could there be but Jesus Christ. We were purchased for a great price. His death and resurrection paid the price. Jesus Christ’s death brought judgment on Satan and evil world powers. Christians will stand before Jesus Christ as judge and be rewarded for what they have done. “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27 NKJV) Praise the Lord!
So today, I have to ask this question. If we have placed our faith and belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus and have accepted His blood sacrifice for our sinful life, and have called upon Him to be our Lord and Savior, why is it that we sometimes continue to be fearful of what lies ahead of us in circumstances and struggles? Didn’t Jesus pay the price for everyone and everything? Didn’t Jesus pay the price for our life, our healing, our deliverance, our restoration, our fear, our doubt, and all the other struggles and strongholds we seem to think are insurmountable?
I guess it comes down to this. Do we believe? Scripture tells us, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV) Jesus’ eternal life and priesthood make possible His eternal intercession for worshipers who “draw near to God through him,” leading to their complete and eternal salvation. “Uttermost” refers to comprehensive salvation (meeting our every need) and to eternal salvation (especially as it is grounded in Jesus’ always living to pray for us). Hello, did you get that? I’m not trying to be disrespectful. I, too, need to be reminded of this. Every need, every situation has been purchased. And Jesus is always living to intercede to the Father on your behalf to provide us with everything that pertains to life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3). And you will wear the crown of righteousness when you stand before our loving and just judge Jesus. And you will be able to remove that crown on that day and lay it before the feet of Jesus. Hallelujah!
Friend, I believe that a time is upon us where we will hear from the Lord. I believe He is asking us to believe. Not in our interpretation of what we think “believe” means, but rather belief on the basis of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the promises of His Holy Word; the confidence of believers, grounded in God’s character, actions and trustworthy promises, rather than human achievements. Listen to me. We should have nothing to fear. We should be walking in eternal and life giving confidence. Our eyes should be fixed on Jesus; the One who died and rose so that we could be set free. Our hearts should be fixed on the unconditional and everlasting love of Jesus. The Apostle Paul said this, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV) Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing. And if we have called Jesus Lord and Savior of our lives, He will reward us with a crown. Jesus is our righteous judge; an appointed judge who is loving and just. Let us draw close to Him. Let us come to Him in prayer and meditate on His Word. Let us learn from Him and hear from Him. Let us make our relationship with Him the most important thing in our lives.
Dear Lord, thank You that You are our righteous judge. That You will look upon our lives and give judgment. Thank You that a crown of righteousness is laid up for us on that day when You return. Lord, keep us strong in our faith. Remind us when we feel our circumstances and struggles are greater than the price You paid for them. Thank You that You have covered each and every one of them with the blood You shed. You saved us to the Uttermost! Hallelujah! We give You praise. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!