Today: Where love met justice
Passage: Rom 12
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12, NKJV) –emphasis added
For many of us, life is about going to work, come back and get ready for the next day. Many people spend hours commuting to and from work
For some others, work follows them 24/7. It follows them day and night, and even during their vacations. “Life is work and work is life”
Then, there are also people for whom entire life is like a vacation. Even at work, they do something namesake and them wait for the time to go.
Jesus was very committed to His work, His assignment. He was 100% into it
His work was doing the will of the Father, the one who assigned and sent Him
Jesus wanted to do every detail of his work exactly as the Father wanted and exactly as it would please the Father. Jesus was not worried about His pay
First the Father and then the people. Anything else came only after that
What is unique about Jesus was that He was (and is) REAL. Most of what we see are masks out there. Real people are rare.
One of the reasons many relations fail is when they pull off the masks. When real people face real people, there will be issues
As long as we put on the masks, we cannot lead anyone to Christ. We need to remove the layers until we can expose the Jesus in us. We are to put on Christ and nothing over that! (Gal 3:26, 27)
Good Fridays come and go, and we are the same. But if Jesus ever came into our life, we can’t be the same anymore. We must become real!
Jesus was 100% God, 100% man, 100% Truth and 100% Grace, and much more…
He is 100% Love and Justice. When His Justice demanded punishment for our sins, His Love demanded His own sacrifice by taking our punishment on Him
In other words, the cross is where the Love of God met the justice of God; the punishment had to be taken. Love transferred it from you and me to Jesus. And then, Justice said (in my words): “that’s fine, as long as someone takes it”
Jesus could not find any reason to transfer our punishment on to Him except His grace, mercy and love.
If the biggest problem of man was sickness, many medical professionals would offer help. If it was financial, there would still be many who could help
But for the problem of sin, there was only one- the 100% sinless-Jesus Christ
So he stepped up-because there was no one else who could do that job
Can we step up to our God-assigned tasks? If we say “not now”, then when?
May God continue His transforming work in us and bless us!
Prayer: Father God, we thank you for your love. When Jesus was crushed upon the cross, we know that was not easy for heaven to take, but that was necessary for us to be saved. Thank you Lord Jesus, for your saving your sacrifice. Love you. Amen
“If we know why Jesus died, then we (must) know why and what we live for!”