Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Justice - Martin Wiles

He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. Isaiah 9:7 NLT

“When you figure it out will you please let us know as soon as possible?” 

I heard my wife utter those words to our daughter while on the phone. I could hear the frustration in her voice and could imagine the same in my daughter’s voice. My wife was still trying to get her to nail down a date when we could all gather for our Christmas celebration. Time was drawing near, but she still hadn’t given us a definite answer. 

Divorce and remarriages have tripled our family with in-laws, step-children, step-grandchildren, and step everything else. Though we understand how difficult this makes it on our children to take their children to numerous family gatherings, we couldn’t help but feel we were being slighted.

Now instead of day long celebrations together, we have to settle for an hour here, a couple of hours there. Perhaps it isn’t fair…or just, but Christmas reminds me of what I often told my middle school students: “Life isn’t always fair.” They too—like me, are concerned with justice. If I gave too many homework assignments, projects, or pop quizzes, I was sure to hear, “That’s not fair.” 

Isaiah prophesied of a time when a child who would usher in justice would be born. He spoke of the coming Messiah whose birth is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Though the prophet said He would rule forever with fairness and justice, He was hung on a cross 33 years later. Doesn’t seem like much justice in that.  

But the old prophet envisioned a time farther down the road. Fairness and justice doesn’t reign completely now—and it certainly wasn’t fair that the Messiah had to endure what He did before and on the cross. The wheels of justice, however, were set in motion. 

The period Isaiah spoke of is yet in the future. The resurrected Christ will return and set all injustices right. Sin will be abolished forever, Satan will be cast into the eternal lake of fire, and a new heaven and a new earth will be ushered in. Here, Messiah will rule and reign with fairness and justice. Never again will I have to say, “Life isn’t always fair.” 

Take courage. Justice will one day reign supremely. 

Prayer: Father, we look forward to the day when You will reign supremely with justice. 

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