Jesus knows about judgment. His Father has given Him the authority to judge us. God has also demonstrated the power of resurrection in Jesus.
Jesus demands that I know when I live the right way that I will walk right smack into a resurrection life. The right way is live a life with Jesus in charge.
God’s goal for me is to live the right way. Jesus shows me the right way. It is the way of love.
Jesus died and is now resurrected. Jesus shows the way of victory over death. Jesus has given me life. I have it now. Jesus says “The time is now.”
I have Jesus’ full authority. It is a resurrection life now. It isn’t a promise for the future.
But you haven’t seen the half of it yet, for in the same way that the Father raises the dead and creates life, so does the Son. The Son gives life to anyone he chooses. Neither he nor the Father shuts anyone out. The Father handed all authority to judge over to the Son so that the Son will be honored equally with the Father. Anyone who dishonors the Son, dishonors the Father, for it was the Father’s decision to put the Son in the place of honor.
It’s urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living.
It’s urgent that you get this right: The time has arrived—I mean right now!—when dead men and women will hear the voice of the Son of God and, hearing, will come alive. Just as the Father has life in himself, he has conferred on the Son life in himself. And he has given him the authority, simply because he is the Son of Man, to decide and carry out matters of Judgment.
Don’t act so surprised at all this. The time is coming when everyone dead and buried will hear his voice. Those who have lived the right way will walk out into a resurrection Life; those who have lived the wrong way, into a resurrection Judgment.