Referral (John 5:22-23)

“Hey! Thanks for referring Dr. Smith to me! He’s a great guy! You are so kind to think of me!”

“Welcome! Thanks for taking care of him!”

I was responding to a text message from a dermatology colleague to whom I recently referred another physician colleague who is also my close friend. Professional referrals are important in every occupation. Of the many ways one can show appreciation to a colleague, a referral to their practice is probably the most powerful. It is an affirmation of the trust that one has in another’s abilities, acknowledging that they are better qualified to complete the requested task. I can certainly attest to the good will it generates within myself when I receive a referral, particularly from a colleague whom I hold in high esteem.

There is no one who is held in higher esteem than Almighty God. What if God gave a referral? It would be the most supreme referral one could ever receive. Did this ever happen?

For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 

John 5:22-23 (NASB)

There is one God but three different Persons and each Person fulfills God’s purposes. The Father plans, the Son enacts, and the Holy Spirit reveals. In one of the most powerful statements about the nature of God, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, acknowledges that all judgment has been given to Him from God, the Father. Why did this happen? Jesus Christ came to earth and lived a life as a man. He was fully man and fully God. He accepted God’s plan to restore the relationship that sin had ruptured between God and man. He lived a sinless life and was condemned to die on the Cross, bearing the punishment for all the sins of mankind. Three days later, He was resurrected, forever conquering death for all who place their faith and trust in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ was given all judgment by God, the Father, because only He is qualified and able to forgive the sins that we commit, through His death and resurrection. It is the supreme referral. 

Praise God for His grace and mercy!

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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