“Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”
but committed Himself
“Committed” means to give over, to hand over. It carries the idea of giving the control of oneself to someone else. Jesus gave himself over to another. Jesus granted this right to the Father. Jesus granted to the Father the opportunity to do what he wanted with his life.
By faith, Jesus handed over this situation to the Father for management of his life. When we put something in the hands of someone who has perfect judgment, they will handle it perfectly. So when we commit our case to the Father, we know that he will have the perfect answer for it.
Jesus did not come to his own defense. He let the Father defend him. Jesus refused to defend himself against the kangaroo court of chief priests who stacked the case against him. He reserved his defense for the Father to handle. Jesus knew that the Father would vindicate him. One day we will stand before God. That will be our true judgment.
Jesus committed his cause, name and fame to the Father. “If I am to be vindicated, the Father will take care of that.” This has not happened yet. One day God will vindicate Jesus but that is in the future. Our Lord can wait because he put his case in the hands of the Father. His trial was not fair. They trumped up charges against him. He accepted the plan of God for his life.
to Him who judges righteously
Jesus submitted to the plan of God or the program of God for his life. He committed the whole thing to his Father and left it there.
God is righteous in the way he handles our lives. The nature of that righteousness must be understood by a comprehensive understanding of the whole plan of God.
God wants us to accept his righteous plan for our life by trusting him with attacks on our person.
We do not trust when we fret, fume and fuss. That is not committal. We need to trust a God who is interested in us (Gen. 18:25; Mk 7:37 I Kg 12:15, 24; I Sa. 3:18; Mt 11:26; I Th 5:18; Ro 8:28).
God knows each tear we shed and each hair that falls from our head. God is aware of everything that comes into our lives and he cares. It matters to him about us.
Do we think that God loves us less now than when we came to Christ? He loves us more now than ever. We will understand more by and by. Will you commit everything in your life to God (Ps 37:5; I Peter 4:19)?