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Echo Evangelique

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What Child Is this?

He is the God of justice

Text:  Isaiah 9:7

Key Concepts:

  • How should Christians understand justice?
  • The God of Justice is our only hope for true justice
  • The characteristics of the king’s rule

 

The cry of the redeemed has always been “Maranatha, may the Christ come!” when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would the mother of the Messiah, he also told her that her son would inherit the throne of David. Her son was meant to rule eternally. This prophecy has already been accomplished, especially in the Church. Paul tells us that God has put everything under the feet of His Son, His chosen King. God has, for all eternity, granted Him authority over all things. His kingship will be characterized by true justice and righteousness. His justice is not as the world defines social justice. Although no nation can truly thrive without the concept of justice, man’s attempt at realizing true justice always fails. Salomon clarifies that “Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all” (Prov. 28:5, NKJV). Evidently, to find and understand justice, one must firstly pursue the Lord Jesus Christ.

How should Christians understand justice?

We are not sufficient in ourselves to understand the things of God. We need faith. We are not capable of good on our own either. We need grace. Justice belongs to God, for He is the God of justice. Apart from God, outside of an understanding of who God is, the concept of justice is a fantasy. Our justice can only be found in Christ our Savior. According to the prophet Isaiah, the Child who was born, the Son who was given to us, is the one who will establish a kingdom of justice, and uphold it in righteousness. His justice will be impartial, pure and holy. He will bring justice for the unborn, for refugees of genocides, against the abortionists, against those who profits from wickedness, and all their supporters. The human traffickers will also be brought to His justice. Likewise will those who change the righteousness of God into lasciviousness, whether it be in the form of homosexuality, child prostitution, or the age reduction for sexual consent. There will be justice for those who are afflicted by racial discrimination and hatred. This Child will eradicate the sinful nature of man, vindicate the glory of God against every sinner who defiled His image. Indeed, He has satisfied the justice of God against sin on the Cross, so that those believe in Christ do not perish but have eternal life (Jn. 3:16).

The God of Justice is our only hope for true justice

Humanity has no hope for justice except in Christ. Therefore, the Church of Christ cannot believe in the illusion of a social construct of justice. The Church herself is not a social construct. The Bible does not teach a social gospel. Therefore, the social justice of the world should not become a substitute for the gospel of Christ. The social justice movement may cry for justice but in its application it turns racial discrimination from one group to another, and thus only benefits some. Instead, the message of the gospel is that on the Cross, Christ died for our sin and rose again for our justification. There is no justice apart from conviction of sin, and apart from the understanding of the judgment of God. Without justification by faith in Christ, every outcry for justice is in vain. God will answer our prayers for justice only after we’ve turn ourselves over to His justice. And once God’s righteousness has been applied to us, then practicing His justice becomes natural. Then God will answer our plea for justice. If your first allegiance is to your pro-choice agenda, then you are contributing to the problems of society. When we preach about spirituality and morality, we are advocating for biblical principles. The message of the church is not about social movements, Jesus was not a revolutionary. The church’s message is about the person, deeds and kingdom of Jesus Christ. We learn true justice, as citizens of the kingdom, when we submit ourselves to its rules. By design, God is at work to ensure that his children resemble Him. Those who live differently from this kingdom’s rules, are not of God, regardless of what they preach. Sadly, until God changes the heart, until one’s the mind is transformed, our families will be unhealthy, and our communities and institutions will be corrupt.

The characteristics of the King’s rule

In the time of Isaiah’s prophecy about the Messiah, Israel was in dire need for hope.  The people of God were being oppressed by the powerful Assyrians invaders. Out their bondage, the people cried out to God.  Hence God promised them deliverance in the coming of the “Rod from the stem of Jesse” (Is. 11:1, NKJV). The people expected an earthly, social, and political deliverance which caused them to be oblivious to the spiritual nature of Christ’s mission. Hence, they deny the only one who could deliver them once and for all. As one anointed by God, “The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord…” (Is. 11:2-16, NKJV). He will judge the world with righteousness and justice. His rule will not allow for oppression, wickedness and injustice. Indeed, Christ Himself will administer His justice.

In conclusion…

By the righteousness of God, we are called to defend the needy, the oppressed, the fatherless and the widow. “If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Prov. 24:12, NKJV). As things around us go from bad to worse, the Lord of justice draws near. As children of the kingdom, we need to be motivated by the return of the King. When Isaiah preached the birth of the King, he knew he would not live long enough to see it. Likewise, maybe we will not get to witness the return of the King, nonetheless, we are expectant. As we are waiting for Him, we must live accordingly as children of the kingdom. We must preach the message of the kingdom. Christ the Messiah is our banner. “And in that day you will say: “O Lord, I will praise You; though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ” Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And in that day you will say: “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, For He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”” (Is. 12, NKJV). Our salvation is guaranteed in Jesus the Christ. Our deliverance is already secured. Let the redeemed say, “Maranatha, May the Lord come!”

 

 

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