Isaiah 11:3,4 “He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.”

     Is there a justice that goes beyond what is seen or can be shown?  Is there a justice that looks deeper than the facts of what happened and who did it?  Is there a justice that does more than restrains and punishes?  Where can we look for justice that really sets things right.  Is there a justice that transforms?  Is there a justice that saves?
   

The Bible speaks of such a justice system; “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. . . .  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)  God’s justice is based the capital punishment of One for all.  Jesus died for us so that we might live for Him.

     This justice compels because there is no compromise in it.  And yet it’s mercy extends to all.  It overturned the entirely merited death sentence of mankind by the capital punishment of the One who made no transgressions; “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:18,19)

     This is the justice that restores; “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”  (2 Corinthians 5:18,19)  Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves.

     Even by our own laws and justice we stand condemned.  We stand condemned individually because we are bystanders to crimes committed throughout the world.  We do nothing about it.  We stand condemned corporately because our industry, polity and commerce manufactures inequity and misery.  We live luxuriously while others starve and are killed.

     Jesus knew what we are and He still offered Himself for us; “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)   Love compels.  All are  compelled to chose because of this uncompromising pure act of love.  We can accept the justice that saves or reject it. We cannot sidestep it.  We are compelled to respond.  The witness of Jesus Christ to the world cannot be ignored, silenced or erased.

     And not responding is responding because all will have to acknowledge Christ in the end; “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:8-11)

     From a worldly point of view it’s completely crazy that one innocent man should die for every guilty person deserving capital punishment for all time.  What kind of justice is that?  The world would be completely turned around if God’s justice system took hold.  Many don’t want that.  The world’s justice system and God’s oppose each other;  “Why do the nations rage,and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3)  The powers of this world do everything they can to silence the Gospel.

     The Bible tells us without any doubt that we are all going to stand before His justice; “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) What any person do to prepare?   The answer is simple.  Believe; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

      Scripture tells us the heart of our Judge and the humility of those who are righteous; “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'” (Matthew 25:37-40)

     Jesus came on a mission from God; “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed . . . ” (Luke 4:18)

     Come Lord Jesus!

   

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