We human beings have a skewed view of justice: A man steals $10,000 and spends it. He is caught and punished as a thief, but full restitution is not made to the man from whom the money was stolen. The victim of theft suffers loss, while the thief suffers pain or inconvenience for his crime. This is the best man’s justice can do.
Another man kills three children. Strict justice demands that he be executed. But even if the man who killed the children is put to death, the children cannot be restored to life. Neither can they be restored to their parents or to the community. Man’s justice is incomplete.
What we call justice is really injustice to the injured party. Jesus suffered under this corrupt system of justice. He was a sinless individual who died on the cross to save the world from its sins. His sacrifice brought redemption to humanity, but it cost Him His life. This is injustice. Innocent people aren’t supposed to suffer for the wrongs of the guilty; but Jesus did, and people still suffer wrongfully today. However, when Jesus rose again from the dead, He conquered sin and death. He holds the power to make every wrong right — and He will do so when He returns.
Until then, there will be injustice in the world: “Right” will be called “wrong,” and vice versa. Speaking out against popular cultural trends because they contradict God’s Word will be labeled “bigotry” and “intolerance.” You may be blamed for another person’s mistakes at work. People may jump to conclusions about you after hearing only one side of the story. You may be falsely accused and maliciously slandered by your enemies. A family member may turn against you through no fault of your own. These injustices may never be resolved here on Earth. Remember how Jesus faced them: He committed them to His Father (see today’s verses). You can do the same. When it seems like injustice is “in,” remember someday your reigning Savior will make it right.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.