Jesus will judge us by our deeds and the consequences will be eternal. Yet this just judge is also our savior who knows our sins and has paid the price with his own blood. When we stand before him and look upon the face of Compassion, will we accept his mercy as we acknowledge our sins?
The Gospel proclaims that we receive from Jesus what he received from his Father in heaven. As Lord and savior, Christ will judge us at the end of time by our deeds, reminding us that we have a precious opportunity today to live our faith with power and joy.
Christ with Thorns, Carl Heinrich Bloch, before 1890, Hope Gallery, Salt Lake City, USA.