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Friday, October 3, 2014

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Does listening to the news ever lead you to despair? We hear stories from around the world of cultural cleansing, wars, famine, and tragedy. Micah certainly felt despair, but he is comforted that there will be vindication in the end and he is willing to wait for it.

The book of Micah closes as it began, with the encouragement that judgment is coming and things will be made right. So the judgment is good news!

The apostle Paul speaks of the judgment and the gospel together: “This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares” (Romans 2:16, NIV). Judgment is part of the good news of the gospel.
In Revelation, the angel brings good news of the coming judgment: “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the time has come when He will sit as judge. Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water” (Revelation 14:7).

The judgment is good news because the decision was rendered at the cross. We approach the throne of God’s grace with confidence because we are covered by the robe of Christ's righteousness. Jesus is our high priest, judge, lawyer, and witness. And we are not to be afraid.

Gordon Bietz, D.Min.
Southern Adventist University