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True Judge
(Revelation 19.11-13)
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"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God." (Revelation 19.11-13)

Jesus Christ

JusticeThe whole background of this event lies in Jewish expectations of the future and has little to do with the Christ of the Gospels who was pictured as meek and lowly in heart. Rabbi Dovid Zaklikowski in the "Jewish Blessing on Death" wrote in part, "For thousands of years, Jews have been evoking the blessing of 'Blessed is the true judge' at funerals in response to death and tragedy. The entire blessing is as follows: 'Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, the True Judge.'" Jesus Christ in this Revelation passage was called the "Faithful and True"

Faithful and True

The word for "faithful" was "pistos," meaning "absolutely to be trusted." The word for "true" was "alethinos" meaning "the one who brings the truth and who never at any time has any falsehood in anything that he says." It also meant "genuine." In Jesus Christ we met reality. The passage continued, "with justice he judges and makes war." Again John of Patmos found his picture in the prophetic words of the Old Testament in Isaiah 11.4a, where it was said of the chosen king, "but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth." John knew all about the perversion of justice. No one in John's time could expect justice from a heathen tyrant. In Asia Minor, even the tribunal of the proconsul was subject to bribery. Wars were matters of ambition, tyranny and oppression rather than of justice. But when Jesus Christ the true judge comes, his power will be exercised in justice.

"True Judge"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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