Yesterday we ended with these beautiful words from John 14:46-47:
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Many years ago, I used the tool of capturing (journaling/reflecting) upon these verses in order to meditate upon their meaning and application in my own life. As I did so I felt the personal testimony of my Savior’s words come into my understanding. I received His testimony to me that though He has ascended to the Father, He has not yet finished His work as Savior and has not yet put on the robes of judgment.
I saw “in the eyes of my understanding,” a vision of the Savior at some future day, being helped into those heavy, heavy robes. I saw His eyes fill with tears that spilled over to flow down His face like rain. I heard Him say, “Colleen, I am not yet your judge, but your Savior. In fact, Colleen, I have no desire to be anyone’s judge. I would that I could be everyone’s Savior and bring everyone home safely to our Heavenly Father. What you see in your ‘mind’s eye’ is the truth about how I will feel in that day when I will have to sit in final judgment of those who would not allow me to be their Savior and Friend.”
In those few moments of vision, my heart broke. I was filled with so much love for this person—this Man, this Brother, this Beloved Friend—that I have never been the same since. He has, as Paul put it, taken me “prisoner” with His love for me. (See Ephesians 3:1.)
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