The story of Jesus’ crucifixion is the biggest miscarriage of justice ever seen! There have been many misuses of power over humanity’s history. There have been many who have been executed, exiled, and put in prison for false reasons. But Jesus’ death, his crucifixion, which was the most excruciating execution designed by the Romans, has been debated, talked about, and preached for over two thousand years. Even today, it still challenges our concept of justice.
If Jesus was on trial now, I do not doubt that I would be on the streets protesting, defending and pleading for the release of an innocent man. Perhaps I would have joined the vigils and light candles, and indeed I would have marched the streets protesting and demanding fair justice.
Yet, justice as we know it is seldom fair. Look at the TV screens and watch for yourselves how a military regime can turn against its people.
However, if we look at Jesus’ execution-only as a miscarriage of justice, we have only seen it in part and could be missing the point. Jesus’ death on the cross was God’s judgment on humankind, and it was his way of pointing to what true justice is. By placing on Jesus, the whole weight of sin, you and I can now have an opportunity to experience true justice. This challenges logic and reason, and I, for one, am so glad that it does. Because this justice and the appropriation of righteousness is only gained by grace and accessed by faith, it is by grace alone, so much so that one of the criminals that were with Jesus became his follower. By faith, he declared, “remember me in your kingdom”. He called him King.
I want you to look at Jill’s picture and read Luke 23:33-49. Ask God to speak to you, and when you do, it would be great to ask God: Lord, what do you want me to see?