daily-devotionalsReading: “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son … And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man”—John 5:22, 27

Here is a sweet and blessed portion to take night by night, as a sleeping meditation, to lie down with in holy composure and to give you songs in the night. Every night is a new watch-word of the night of death, and none can tell thee when you fall asleep, whether, in the next opening of your eyes, you may not open them in eternity, and find your standing before the judgment-seat of Christ! Do you not wish to be prepared for such an event?

Note that all judgment is committed unto Jesus, because he is the Son of man. Mark that, not because he is the Son of God; for in that case, judgment could not have been committed to him; for it was his before, in common with the Father and the Holy Ghost. But judgment is committed to Christ, and is peculiarly his, “because he is the Son of man.” Cherish the sweet, soul-supporting truth. Jesus, who is your surety, will then be your judge. He who died for your sins will then be your advocate. And he who paid the ransom with his blood in this life will then see the reward of it in another.

Now then behold where alone your confidence is to be found. Bring forward to your view the solemn, the awful day. Realize it, as if the archangel’s trumpet were now sounding, and thou beheld Jesus coming to be glorified in his saints, and admired in all that believe.

Humbly, but with the boldness of faith through his blood, draw near to his gracious seat; and against all law charges, and the divine demands of justice, hold up the blessed testament of Jesus’ blood. Here, Lord, I would say, are the Father’s promises of redemption, in the name of Jesus; and this is the record God has given of his dear Son. 

Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.