By Caitlin Choveaux
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," Martin Luther King Jr. wisely said.
When we are unfairly treated in our circumstances we yearn for justice and for things to be made right. Sometimes they are, sometimes we never see justice served.
What if I were to tell you that I know a way for you to get justice? The answer is connected to story about a king and his son.
This good king was well respected throughout his kingdom but despite his wise governance, his son chose to lead a rebellion against him. The rebellion failed and the son was captured and brought before his father, knowing that he would have his eyes gouged out as the penalty for his crime.
His father was distraught, torn between love for his son and his responsibility to uphold equality and justice within his kingdom. To overlook his son's crime would undermine the seriousness of his offense and also the king's own integrity.
The son was brought before him in a public hearing to receive the punishment required by law. However, everyone was stunned when the king stepped down to take the penalty in place of his son and proceeded to have his own eyes gouged out.
The son was moved by his father's selfless act of unconditional love and felt deep regret over his rebellion. He vowed from that day on to serve the king wholeheartedly for the rest of his life. The penalty had been dealt with and the relationship between the father and son was restored. In the process justice was served through an incredible act of love and selflessness.
So what is my point? God, our King, did the same for us, His rebellious children. Jesus took the punishment for our rebellion.
"But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners [rebelling against Him], Jesus Christ died for us" [Romans 5:8].
We may not get justice in our circumstances right now but have you considered the life to come?
If we refuse to allow Jesus to take the punishment for us, by accepting Him into our lives, true justice would mean separation from God in hell for eternity.
Why would you want hell when forgiveness and everlasting life in heaven is a free gift from a loving God, to the truly repentant (genuine sorrow for wrong doing) person, who submits themselves to Him?
It's your choice, so choose wisely. •