Justice is a topic that is frequently on the lips of the American public. It can be found in the courtroom, in the halls of Congress, and in the editorials of newspapers. It seems that justice as a concept is built into our collective national psyche. As our pledge of allegiance so succinctly puts it, we strive for “liberty and justice for all.”
This is a very good thing. Anyone who has spent time living within a repressive nation or has lived as a repressed minority will attest that justice is very precious. However, living within a culture of “justice,” can effect the way in which we perceive God’s justice. We may pay lip service to being sinners saved by grace while actually believing and living as if we will be judged upon what we think are: fairly moral, upstanding people. This dulled sensitivity to God’s justice, however, can actually be what leads us to the gallows.
There is no getting around what is laid out in this week’s text: God is a God of justice and sinners will be condemned by his judgement. Furthermore, the Bible is clear that we, as humans, are all completely sinful to the very core of our being. Therefore, we, as sinners, sit squarely under the condemnation of God. There are no loopholes or escape – only a plea of guilt.
It is this hard truth that makes the glory of the Gospel shine bright. Our guilty plea and condemnation was willfully bought by Christ, who received the full punishment of God’s wrath in our place. The only true and perfect justice (that of God’s) was satisfied by the atoning work of Christ upon the cross.
As we benefit from Christ’s atoning work, let us also share in his victory over death through the resurrection by sharing the truth of God’s justice with other. Let us implore others to flee to Christ as guilty sinners to receive his righteousness. And, as we hear and speak of justice in our world, let our faith continue to grow in the person and work of Jesus.
Scripture: 2 Peter 2:4-10
Sermon: “Justice is Certain”
Rock of Ages (arr. Augustus Toplady)
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Song of Response: Come Thou Fount (arr. Traditional)