Today’s Reading Matthew 27
Webster defines Justice as
1a: the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments meting out justice -social justice
b: JUDGEa supreme court justice—used as a title Justice Marshall
c: the administration of law a fugitive from justice especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity a system of justice
2a: the quality of being just, impartial, or fair questioned the justice of the their decision
b(1): the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action
(2): conformity to this principle or ideal: RIGHTEOUSNESSthe justice of their cause
c: the quality of conforming to law
3: conformity to truth, fact, or reason: CORRECTNESS
There are a couple of ways to look at the chapter and decide where is the justice and how it is applied. In the superficial and most poignant account of the Gospel, Jesus is the main defendant on trail and is sentenced to death. But from a different perspective we can see our SIN, as the one on trial.
Paul account of the justice and account of sin is so profound in Romans that every ounce of the book of Romans clearly spells out that the justice and justification of the Passion of Christ for us in simply Devine mercy and grace. In Romans 6: 23: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So with this information as we review the high points on Chapter 27, can we ask ourselves “Is this the true justice that is due to our sins that we commit continually?”
- Verse 23
Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”
- Verse 26
Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged[c] Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
- Verse 28
And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand.
- Verse 30
And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head.
- Verse 35
And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.
These are a few of the examples that our sin was subjected in order to produce the love and passion that Christ had and has for us today. Christ was not on trial, He was the vessel that held the Sin that we all have committed to God was on trial. He was the only perfect vessel that would be able to properly cleans our Sins and reset the relationship with God. Sin ultimately was on trial and Christ was the final victim. Through this perfect sacrifice a Savior who was not shown justice in this human form has justified us.
Thank you for Your amazing sacrifice and trading our sin for justice. Thank you for justifying us when we continually are not capable of producing this justice for ourselves. Amen