By: Abigayle Njambi M –
Jesus, came to earth to deal with sin, the root of injustice, once and for all on the cross. He modeled for us what bringing justice looks like. Interestingly, He didn’t go around punishing people for their sins. Many people think justice looks like people getting the punishment they deserve. That’s only one side of justice, and it is important to realize that it has already been dealt with. Jesus Himself fulfilled the demand of justice by taking the penalty for our sin on the cross. He took what we deserved, and through faith, we have access to the life He deserved.
Jesus’ justice is a justice of restoration. It gives back to people which sin took from them. When the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death,” it’s not just talking about when our bodies stop functioning and are put in the ground. Death is the spiritual condition of being separated from God, and the death of the body is the result of that separation. The Bible tells us that we’re already dead in sin when we’re born into this world. This death is at work in and around us during our whole life on earth. It doesn’t only affect our final end, but our entire quality of life on the planet.
Sin causes all sorts of problems for us in every area of life. It affects our health, our relationships, our finances, our minds, and emotions. The amazing thing is that Jesus’ death didn’t just make it possible for us to go to Heaven when we die, but to live with all the benefits of a restored relationship with our Father right now.
He made it possible for every effect of sin in our lives to be reversed. Because He took the punishment of our sin, we don’t have to live with sickness, poverty, broken relationships, emotional pain, or mental torment. All of that was covered and rendered powerless by the blood of Jesus. We are partnering with God to bring justice to the earth. It reverses every effect of sin and death in people’s lives because it is the justice of Restoration.
We are partnering with God to bring justice to the earth. It reverses every effect of sin and death in people’s lives because it is the justice of restoration. Like Paul, we are restoring the knowledge of the one true God. Like Gideon, we are restoring the supernatural signs of God. We’re restoring health to people’s bodies, souls, and spirits. We’re restoring relationships and families. We’re restoring financial prosperity. We’re restoring morality in the government. We’re restoring holiness in the arts. We’re restoring the land and much more.
Unfortunately, when much of the Church looks at the world, they see the enemy’s kingdom from a defensive position. A lot of us in the Church are intimidated by the Goliaths of our day: the giants of crime, pornography, false religion and other evils that mock the armies of the living God. We are just trying to hold on until the rapture takes us out of the war zone. Our desire to do something about injustice gets buried by our fear!
One of the reasons many Christians have felt powerless in the face of injustice is that they lack training in their identity and ability to wage spiritual warfare. But the way in which the Kingdom of God is established must also be understood. Jesus told the Pharisees in Luke 11:19 ,”But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.” When the Kingdom of God comes, it always displaces the kingdom of darkness. Simple.