Justice

1 Peter 2:21-24
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Jesus shows us how to bear up under unjust suffering.  He never did anything wrong, and yet He suffered to such an extreme, being beaten and mocked and crucified.  But He did not retaliate.  He did not try to hurt those who hurt Him.  He did not seek revenge.  But He trusted God, the Judge and the executor of judgment.  He surrendered to God, placing all of that in the Father’s hands to deal with in the right way.

In a way, we all played a part in that unjust suffering, because our sins were the reason that Jesus had to die.  No one can claim to be guiltless.  There is none righteous.  We are full of sin, and that hurts Him.  We have all hurt others in one way or another.  But still Jesus was willing to endure it all for our sakes, so that we might benefit.  He brings healing to us by His own suffering.

When we are hurt by others, we do not have to retaliate.  We do not have to seek to hurt those who hurt us.  But with grace from God, we bear up under it, accepting those wounds, in a sense, and letting God be the judge of those who wrong us.  It may be that by doing that, we demonstrate the love of God to them in such a way that they can receive healing themselves by coming to know Christ as their Savior.

Jesus had obeyed completely.  He was the picture of righteousness, and yet He still suffered much.  He was persecuted and hated by people around Him, and He says that His followers must face the same thing in this world.  But even so, may we be willing to leave those things in God’s hands, the only one who can truly judge righteously.  May we trust Him for justice and not act like the world that attacks, but like our Savior who loves.

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