As part of my daily devotionals I try to translate a few Greek verses from the New Testament every day courtesy of blogger Vincents Artale Jr.
A few days ago he posted on John 5:22. Here’s my translation followed by some quick thoughts of meditation from that verse:
“οὐδὲ γὰρ ὁ πατὴρ κρίνει οὐδένα
For not even the father judges no one
ἀλλὰ τὴν κρίσιν πᾶσαν δέδωκεν τῷ υἱῷ ”
But all judgment he has given to the Son
In the context of course this is Jesus speaking.
Implication 1: Christians often think of Jesus as Savior and that is true; but this verse shows us Jesus is also in the role of Judge. Do we realize that?
Implication 2: This role of judgment is certain; the verb “give” is in the Greek perfect tense and refer to an event done in the past but result remains true and in effect. The judgment of course is future from where we are at today but it certainly will be coming.
Implication 3: Jesus as judge in place of God the Father also shows He is God.
Implication 4: Be warned judgment is coming!
Implication 5: Knowing Jesus is judge allows us to have deeper appreciation for Jesus as Savior who does save us from the guilt of our sins. As the rest of the Gospel of John will show, Jesus died for sinners.