Summary: Describes from the writings of John the various terms John uses to describe Christ as the Judge.

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How many of you have enjoyed watching T.V. serials or dramas in which there is a courtroom scene? Which ones have you enjoyed the most.

How many of you have been in a court lately? What were you? A spectator? A guilty defendant? An innocent defendant? A witness to an accident? A character witness? A lawyer? A judge?

Today I want to speak about the most important courtroom in all the world, a courtroom scene in which all of us will appear as guilty defendants.


In fact, the Father has given everything to Him.

John 3:34-35; John 5:19-23,26-27

(John 3:34 NIV) For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God

gives the Spirit without limit.

(John 3:35 NIV) The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his


(John 5:19 NIV) Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can

do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because

whatever the Father does the Son also does.

(John 5:20 NIV) For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to

your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.

(John 5:21 NIV) For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,

even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.

(John 5:22 NIV) Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all

judgment to the Son,

(John 5:23 NIV) that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He

who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

(John 5:26 NIV) For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the

Son to have life in himself.

(John 5:27 NIV) And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son

of Man.

1. Therefore He is to be honored.

a. He is honored by God. John 5:23, 41

(John 5:23 NIV) that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He

who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

(John 5:41 NIV) "I do not accept praise from men,

b. He is not necessarily honored by men. John 1: 10-11; 5:41

(John 1:10 NIV) He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,

the world did not recognize him.

(John 1:11 NIV) He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive


(John 5:41 NIV) "I do not accept praise from men,

C. The defendants think that they can judge Him, but in reality He judges them.

i. Nathanael. John 1:46-47

(John 1:46 NIV) "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked.

"Come and see," said Philip.

(John 1:47 NIV) When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is

a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false."

ii. Nicodemus. John 3:1-3

(John 3:1 NIV) Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member

of the Jewish ruling council.

(John 3:2 NIV) He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a

teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you

are doing if God were not with him."

(John 3:3 NIV) In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see

the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

iii. Jews in Jerusalem. John 5:10-18, 38-47; 8:12-26; 18:19-19:12

(John 5:10 NIV) and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the

Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."

(John 5:11 NIV) But he replied, "The man who made me well said to me, ’Pick up

your mat and walk.’"

(John 5:12 NIV) So they asked him, "Who is this fellow who told you to pick it

up and walk?"

(John 5:13 NIV) The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had

slipped away into the crowd that was there.

(John 5:14 NIV) Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you

are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."

(John 5:15 NIV) The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had

made him well.

(John 5:16 NIV) So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the

Jews persecuted him.

(John 5:17 NIV) Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this

very day, and I, too, am working."

(John 5:18 NIV) For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not

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