Imagine a world without justice. Our first reaction when we see injustice is ‘Someone should fix that!’; ‘Where’s a policeman when you need one?’; or ‘There should be a law against that!’. Most of us don’t like injustice when we see it against others, and particularly when we experience against ourselves.
The event that took place on ‘Good Friday’ amounts to injustice on a grand scale.
As we consider the historical record of Jesus’ death by crucifixion, the gospel of Mark, writes of a gross miscarriage of justice, a denial of the rule of law.
The religious rulers of the day hand Jesus over to secular Roman ‘justice’ without cause. The Roman ruler of the day hands Jesus over to be crucified without cause. Innocent Jesus takes the place of a murderer on the cross who is released, according to the custom of the day. Injustice reaches its fulfilment when the military guard of the day mocks and crucifies Jesus, while he is derided by those who witness his suffering and death.
Yet in the plan of God, his demand for justice is achieved in Jesus’ death. God’s Son gives his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He takes the sin of the world, our injustice against God and one another, and absorbs our deserved judgment in his undeserved death.
According to the Bible, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). We have all compromised his justified and just rule over our world and our lives.
Through his death Jesus becomes the victim in our place. In his resurrection he becomes the victor, so that we might be forgiven, justified and restored before God (Romans 6:23).
Imagine a world without justice. God can’t! He acted against all injustice. And his call for justice fell not on who deserved it, but on who didn’t, Jesus.