JOHN CHAPTER FIVE. “Judgement Committed unto Jesus Christ.” “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:” (John 5:22) When we read this passage, we usually consider only the fact that Jesus Christ is the Judge of all men: He will pronounce judgment at the Great White Throne when death and hell are cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:11-15); and He will be the Face of Justice at the Judgment Seat of Christ, when the saints of God will stand before God and be judged for the value and consistency of their service unto God (2Cor. 5:9-10).
However, I think there is something more to this passage of Scripture – I do believe that the Lord Jesus is informing those who doubted His Person and His Character, that they would be judged by God based upon their failures to recognize Him, or to praise and obey Him. Judgment will be pronounced upon men, based upon their consideration or estimation of Jesus Christ. In other words, the ones who will deny Jesus as the Christ, will be judged on that account – final judgment is committed unto Him, and men’s love or despite for Him. The basis for any man’s salvation will be to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, as Saviour, and as the Son of God; which each of the saved must do, through the faith that the grace of God will bring unto them. “That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:23-24)
When men or women fail to honor the Son of God, they are failing to honor the Father in Heaven. Such an attitude, or such a response to the Person and Presence of the Son of God, will result in condemnation and eternal damnation. If there is no love for Jesus Christ, then there cannot be any true love for God in Heaven! The judgment of all men is committed unto their faith in Jesus as the Christ, or their refusal to believe in Jesus Christ.
Later on in the Chapter the Lord Jesus makes it plain that the judgment committed unto Him includes His personal involvement in the pronouncement or determination of the judgment of men. “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5:26-29)
Still, the basis of the salvation or damnation of men – as they stand before God and are judged – will be their stance on the Person and Character of Jesus Christ: Final judgment will hinge on faith, or the lack thereof, in Jesus Christ. At the Last Day, the Son of God will say to the chosen and saved, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” While, of the wicked and the lost He will say, “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt 25:30)
Righteousness, and eternal life, are found only in the Son of God, the Saviour of men. “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:39-47)