Monday, 8 April 2013

Simple Things - Justice


All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope." – Sir Winston Churchill.

 
Justice

“We glorify in what we enjoy the most. And it ins’t God.” So writes the theologian John Piper. Jesus had similar words to say, “Where your treasure is there will be your heart.”

We all want to live in a world and society that is unpinned with the foundation of Justice. We all want to be treated fairly; we want the good to be rewarded and the evil to be punished. From the imprisonment of those that commit hideous crimes to those that break the speed limit as they overtake our car and nearly cause an accident. Most of us at one time or another, have wished for the Police to appear and punish those that break the speeding laws. My daughter and I watch the numerous TV programmes where the law enforcers attempt to catch and bring to justice those who are naughty.

There is something deep within our souls that yearns for justice. This is because we are created in the image of God and God is both just and loving. God through his love for us was willing to meet all his demands for justice.

All of us glorify what we enjoy most and we glorify in ourselves, our own achievements, our own pleasure and our own self-righteousness. We ignore God, reject his love, cast off his kindness, but his love reached out and in and through Christ’s sacrifice at the cross, God’s justice was satisfied so that we could have perfect, unbroken fellowship with God.

The power of sin was broken at the cross and every person born has already had every sin they have and will ever commit forgiven. God doesn't look a sin the way people do. To God, sin isn't only doing something by violating a command. It’s also not doing something right you should have done. We all fall short of God’s standard and deserve justice.

When Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead. He became the complete sacrifice for our sin once and for all. Satisfying the justice of a holy and righteous God for all eternity!

Jesus fully provided forgiveness and pardon leaving us the freedom to live free from guilt, condemnation, shame, and fear.  We have been cleansed from all sin and our conscious have been cleansed of all guilt.

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