Justice redirected

Deuteronomy 25:14: You shall not have in your house two kinds of measures, a large and a small.

justice-9016_640Justice speaks of using the right measure of punishment or reward for corresponding issues. The bible says that the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:20). That is the measure of punishment that is determined by the holiness of God.

The bible says that God is of a purer eyes than to behold iniquity (Habakkuk 1:18). God stands apart from sinful humanity as the heaven is from the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9).

But on the cross God removed our sins from us as the east is to the west, choosing to throw them into the sea of forgetfulness (Isaiah 43:25, Psalm 103:12).

So instead of punishment coming to us, on the cross it came to Jesus. The logic is beyond sinful man, but it is all in the ambit of the love of God, through which he gave us his only begotten son to die for our sins (John 3:16). Without that divine way out, we are lost forever. The writer of the book of Hebrews says that we should hold fast to the confession of our faith (Hebrews 10:23), an example is that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 5:21).

It seems simple, but when a jailor asked Paul, what should I do to be saved, he did not give him a list of requirements to fulfil, and he only said he has to believe, and he together with his household will be saved (Acts 16:30-31).

Developing that concept of “only believing,” Paul referred to Abraham, saying that he believed God as it was recorded in scriptures (Genesis 15:6) and it was accounted to him for righteousness (Galatians 3:6). With that he was made a template of those who will attain righteousness through faith, apart from works.

Paul confirmed that by the works of the law no one shall be justified because the law brings the consciousness of sin (Romans 3:20), and not liberation from it, which is part of the package of salvation by faith in Jesus.

Righteousness is based on the Jesus template. It is owning up to our inadequacy and taking on the adequacy of Jesus as we stand before God daily.

The psalmist prayed: many are saying, who will show us any good, God cause the light of your face to shine upon us (Psalm 4:6).

The point is, while we deserve punishment, we desire favour, and that favour was packaged in Jesus. In Jesus (Emmanuel, God with us) we get to see the light of the face of God shine upon us. Instead of running from God as Adam did in the garden in shame and fear of severe retribution (Genesis 3), we are brought near by the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 2:13). We look to him and our face was lightened and we were not ashamed, since we come to God with the reputation of Jesus.

We looked to him and our burdens were lifted. We looked to him and we were wrapped by the arms of his love. Like the long lost younger son in the parable Jesus gave of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), the love of the father was brought to our consciousness through the sacrifice of Jesus, and that caused us to find our way home to the father of spirits (Hebrews 12:9).

To receive us, there was the death of the fatted cow. The fatted cow is Jesus, who symbolises our restoration, and the father’s generosity to us. The prodigal son had a new cloth put on him (symbolising holiness) and the father’s ring (symbolising authority), all manifestation of the generous heart of the father towards us who once was lost in sins and trespasses (Ephesians 2:4-6) but now brought back into fellowship, into prominence into greatness.

The cross brought the justice of God into focus.  Jesus who knew no sin condemned sin in the flesh, ended the possibility of being condemned because of sin for those who believe (Romans 8:2). By bearing the punishment of our sins on his body the divine displeasure against sin was satisfied, now there is no wrath directed against us from God but favour.

Now he has shone the light of his countenance on us. In identification with his son in his death we also joined him in his resurrection, coming alive from the dead (being spiritually dead).

The eternal justice of God was met and we are now the objects of his mercy. We now receive help instead of rejection, the Holy Spirit instead of the evil Spirit, empowerment instead of weakness. Jesus was weak in the flesh on the cross of Calvary so that we can be strong in the spirit. He was put into a pit so that we can be elevated into heaven. He suffered rejection on the cross we that we might be accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:5-7).

He was nailed to the cross so that we can become free from sin, Satan, sickness, and lack. He suffered so that we might have eternal pleasure. He said before he died that he is going to prepare a place for us so that where he is there we will be also (John 14:1-3).

He said he does not have a place to lay his head (Matthew 8:20) while he goes to prepare mansions for us. He got the justice (the bad one) while we got the mercy.

When he was struck we were healed. While he was like a lamb before the shearer not talking (Isaiah 53:7), we can now boast in the Lord (1Corinthians 1:29-31), in the work he did to save us, we can through him offer the sacrifice of praise to God, the fruit of our lips (Hebrews 13:15).

We rejoice, giving praise to his holy name while he hung on the cross crying my God, my God why have you forsaken me (Mark 15:34). He got struck, while we got liberated in our mind, body and spirit (Isaiah 53:5).

Through Jesus, through his sacrifice, we have available to us, not the spirit of fear, but of love power and sound mind (2Timothy 1:6-7). Our body which was condemned to decay now has the possibility of resurrection in the order of Jesus (1John 3:2). The riches of the glory of God in Christ Jesus towards us is unquantifiable (Philippians 4:19). There is the unlimited power of God towards us, the same which worked in Jesus to raise him from the dead (Ephesians 1:15-22).

When Jesus talked about dying, it was in two ways. He said he came to give his life as ransom for many (Matthew 20:28) and when he goes then he will send the Holy Spirit (John 16:17). The latter was the last thing he impressed on his people, setting their eyes firmly on the heavenly messenger coming, for a lifelong ongoing experience of heaven on earth. Justice was served and help came our way.

Conclusion

Justice is two kinds: positive or negative. Justice is judicial reward, for good or bad. What we do is believe in Jesus and we are rewarded with salvation, and what Jesus did was agree to be the Lamb of God and he drew to himself the negative justice of God for sin.

John said if we confess our sin, God is faithful and just (necessary execution of justice) to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9). The positive justice that comes to us is because we believe in Jesus, because the negative justice was poured on Jesus on the cross. Because we believe we deserve what comes to us, the goodness of God; and that is on the account of Jesus.

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