TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Here Comes the Judge!

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Even the coming judgment of the living and the dead is a subject for hope, for longing and the prayer, “Come soon, Lord Jesus!” For who is the judge? It is the same Christ who gave himself up to death for sinners and who has borne our griefs and sicknesses. How should we not trust ourselves joyfully to his judgment? What will the crucified Jesus judge us by? The law, or his own gospel? Our own acts, or his sufferings for us? How should we not hasten joyfully to meet the universal judge when he is the one who was crucified for us? And finally – what will be the purpose of his judgment? The punishment of the wicked and the reward of the good? Or will his intention be to establish his righteousness everywhere and in everyone? Will he judge us in order to annihilate us, or to save us – to cast us down, or to raise us up? …

The expectation of the Last judgment ought not to become a projection of our suppressed guilt and anxiety. But neither can it be a projection of our notorious self-justification. It is only when it is based on the remembrance and present experience of Christ that judgment points in the direction of his future. His righteousness will triumph! He, the crucified Jesus, will judge! He will judge according to his gospel! The proclamation of the coming judgment is a joyful and liberating message, not a threatening and frightening one.

– Jurgen Moltmann, Experiences of God

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TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Rev. Rich Vincent

After 24 years of pastoring, I continue to stumble toward Christ, and invite you to do the same. Prayerfully hoping the material on this site will aid you to this end. Grace and peace!

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