Jesus did justice for you
On the cross, Jesus was “doing justice” for you.
In the beginning, all God’s creation was singing, shouting, and celebrating shalom – a perfect well-being and harmony that warmed the soul like a sunbeam on a cool spring morning. Then, one bad choice – a decision to disrespect the Creator and selfishly indulge an appetite – and God’s good creation began spiraling down into brokenness and captivity. Shalom was shattered. One generation after another multiplied the injustice. No one sought God. People cared only for themselves. The weak and helpless were bled dry by those strong enough to take what they wanted. The Father’s children were lost to him.
Almighty God, however, would not tolerate the injustice. The Father’s heart was continually broken by the brokenness of his children. God promised to send someone who would break the chains and set the captives free. He would do justice – restore the shalom.
When Messiah came, he was hated for telling the truth about our brokenness, selfishness, and captivity – and how to be free. He was killed for being the Truth. Convicted in an illegal trial. Executed, though he had committed no crime. Injustice seemed to have won.
The God of Justice, however, is not one to relent on his purpose or break his promise. In a dark grave, Light exploded. From death’s grip, Life broke free. The shroud fell away, and the world’s first truly, completely free person stepped out of his tomb.
Resurrection Sunday was a divine act of Kingdom justice, and it did far more than revive Jesus’ body. Resurrection transformed his physical being, revolutionized his circumstances, and filled his relationships with a power capable of infinitely more than any of us can ask or even imagine. True, complete reconciliation with God and with man was, by the Father’s grace, finally possible. As Jesus became, now we are becoming, day by day – and one day we will be!
In Jesus’ death and resurrection, he was doing justice for you – for us all. We all have rebelled against God’s ways and made ourselves his enemies. We all have been taken captive and held for ransom by God’s enemy. Jesus paid an awful price so we could be set free. His life gives you new life. His Spirit lifts you toward greater heights of abundant life, toward the destination of eternal life.
God has given you a Bible filled with the wisdom you need to walk in God’s ways and experience the Life that is full, free, and forever. The Lord has provided you with brothers and sisters who can show you the better way to live, who can strengthen and encourage you as you trek the narrow road together.
The grief of Good Friday and the joy of Resurrection Sunday call out to us. They beckon us to join Jesus in his mission of liberating the captives. They compel us to share good news of new life with souls trapped in living death, to bring light to slaves laboring in darkness. In Jesus’ strength, you can fight whatever injustice keeps them enslaved. You can show them the Lord’s way to make a place for themselves in this world, and the next.
You don’t have to look far to find someone whose heart is captivated with darkness. You are surrounded by broken souls who have no clue about walking in God’s ways. Everywhere you turn, the weak and helpless stumble under a heavy burden. The poor are sliding down toward destruction because they have no one to show them the better way. They are your brothers and sisters, desperate for family who will step up and show them how to live free.
The Lord, who did justice for you, requires you to do justice for them. When the Judge delivers his verdict on your life, he will weigh the evidence that you personally helped “the least of these.”
But doing justice is not just an obligation. We have been able to trade brokenness, captivity, and oppression for a full, free, and forever life. We who had made ourselves enemies of the God of Justice have been adopted into his family.
A grateful heart would be headed there anyway.
A previous version of this can be found here.
Think about it
What does it mean to you that in his death and resurrection, Jesus was doing justice for you?
Is your attitude toward helping “the least of these” shaped more by obligation or gratitude?
A touch of hope for India’s untouchables
A child died during the night. The next morning Auto T. Raja lays a clean white sheet on the floor of an empty room in the Children’s Hostel and places the frail, spent body on it. Little is known of this little one. Small for her age – maybe 3 – one of India’s throwaway people, she was found wandering the streets of Bangalore. No one knows who left her there – or why. No one claimed her then; there will be no one to claim her body now. Click here to read more.
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