Jesus came to do justice…but maybe not justice like we think of it.
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he stood up and read these words from the prophet Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind,
to liberate the oppressed,
and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 CEB
Jesus came to do that kind of justice.
He noticed what was happening in the lives of individuals. He noticed what was happening on the outside, and he saw into what was happening at a deeper level. He saw how broken human individuals are a part of broken human systems, how some systems keep people stuck in suffering. He came to redeem individuals and systems, to make both reflect God’s reality, God’s kingdom.
He also came to so we’d do that work of justice.
He came to change our hearts and lives so we’d do justice like he does. He came and died and rose again so we’d be servants and partners in that eternal work.
Message from Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017:
Image: Unidentified. Raising of the Son of the Widow of Nain, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56149 [retrieved April 11, 2017]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nain_widow%27s_son_is_resurrected_by_Christ.jpg.