When we are talking about Jesus being crucified, it is hard to see that as Just. However, when we look at the work Jesus was doing, the work of redeeming you and me, He calls the work justice. Here is an Old Testament quote from Isaiah as it appears in Matthew 12:18-21 from the Message.
Look well at my handpicked servant;
I love him so much, take such delight in him.
I’ve placed my Spirit on him;
he’ll decree justice to the nations.
But he won’t yell, won’t raise his voice;
there’ll be no commotion in the streets.
He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings,
won’t push you into a corner.
Before you know it, his justice will triumph;
the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even
among far-off unbelievers.
God calls Jesus his hand picked servant whom He loved. He came with God’s Spirit to earth to bring justice. Jesus quietly obtained justice for all of us at the cross and gave us Hope! Jesus’ atoning work on the cross brought appeasement for God’s wrath over sin. He brought us to Holy God by way of the cross. His victory there, over death and sin, brings justice to all mankind. I love the last line- the mere sound of his name brings hope to believers.
Prayer: Father God, I cannot imagine the extreme suffering that the cross brought to Jesus for my sake. Your justice is complete and no other payment for sin is needed. Thank you for sending Jesus to bring justice and to reconcile me to you. I love being your child and the sound of Jesus’ name brings me hope each day. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Living by the just work of Jesus,