"Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, "If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?" (John 21:23)
Here the disciples asked Jesus why they were going to be martyred but John wasn’t. Jesus responded to their quibbling, “What is that to you?” All too often we feel the same when we don’t seem to get a fair shake. The same is true of judging others by their deeds. But don’t we have enough of our own issues to deal with, let alone worry about the sins of others? When it comes to asking about other’s sins, we need to hear Jesus asking us the same question he asked the disciples… “What is that to you?”
Regarding the shortcomings of others, we must have a hands-off-policy and let the Holy Spirit do the dealing. He is exceedingly efficient at His job. He well knows how to bring revelation truth to those who are in error and turn them from their path to misfortune. And He will do so lovingly in order to bring them to maturity not to call them out or cast them out. Jesus never calls the sinner out. He always calls them home. Our responsibility is not to point out the faults of others but to point them to Jesus. I’m amazed at how easy it is to expose sin instead of exposing Jesus. Sin loses its luster in the light of Jesus so let’s point to HIM!
Instead of asking, “What about the adulterer, fornicator and murderer?” we need to be asking, “What about when I scream in traffic, snap at my wife, think lustful thoughts or cheat on my taxes?” God does not judge us based on the standard of the Law. The Law cannot nor ever has saved anyone. The Bible calls the Law the ministry of death and condemnation (2 Corinthians 3:7-9). When we emphasize the Law and living up to it’s standard, it strengthens people’s resolve to sin even more (1 Corinthians 15:16). We will never get people free by emphasizing their condition. We must offer the remedy. Grace is that remedy (Romans 6:14).
God is not a fair judge but He is a just and good judge. Through grace, we got what Jesus deserved and He got what we deserved. That’s doesn’t seem fair but it certainly is good. As believers, God does not judge us based on the good we have done. He judges us based on the good JESUS has done. Now… What is THAT to you?