Hello friends! We are reading through the Biblical account of the final days of Jesus life.
Mon 3/30: Luke 22:39-62
Tues 3/31: Luke 22:63-71
Wed 4/1: Luke 23:11-25
Thur 4/2: Mark 15:1-14
Fri 4/3: John 19:1-37
Sat 4/4: John 19:38-42
Sun 4/5: John 20, Acts 1:9
Today’s reading is Luke 23:11-25. As I read through this passage of Scripture, the one word that came to my mind is “injustice”.
The definition of injustice is – 1) absence of justice : violation of right or of the rights of another : unfairness 2) an unjust act : wrong.
Time and time again we see the absence of justice as both Pilate and Herod proclaim Christ’s innocence:
“I have not found any offence (crime or guilt) in this Man in regard to your accusations against Him” vs 14
“No, nor indeed did Herod, for he sent Him back to us; behold, He has done nothing deserving of death” vs 15
“I have found [no offence or crime or guilt] in Him nothing deserving of death; I will therefore chastise Him [in order to teach Him better] and release Him” vs 22
Yet, despite what the officials said, the people demanded Jesus be crucified and both Herod and Pilate caved in to those demands.
I live with someone who has a heightened sense of justice. It is very difficult for this family member to observe injustice taking place without doing something about it. Can you relate? Can you imagine being one of Jesus’ followers and witnessing this injustice taking place right before your very eyes? What would you be thinking? What would you do? What could you do? You would be powerless to do anything but helplessly watch from the crowd as the man You had come to trust, believe in and rely upon was being sentenced to pay the price for a crime He didn’t commit.
There was nothing just or right or fair about Jesus’ trial. Since God is Just, can you imagine how He must have felt as He watched the scene play out before His eyes, knowing He had the power to step in and save His Son from this great injustice? God knew that even though it went against His basic character, this time acting justly was not the right thing for Him to do. That is hard for me to wrap my mind around!
God subjected Jesus to the greatest injustice, so that justice would rule and reign from that point on . . . forevermore.
Have you been treated unfairly recently? Are you still waiting for justice to prevail from something wrong that happened years ago? Have you, or your rights, been violated in one way or another? You’re in good company. As you think about what Jesus went through, may you be encouraged that, one day, justice will indeed prevail!
The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. Psalm 103:6, NLT
Your Friend in Ministry,