Wednesday, February 1, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 32

Had to report for the first day of a one month jury duty this morning. It was interesting to be in a room with 80 people who are all complete strangers, all feeling a bit inconvenienced, and all hoping that the spiel would go quickly. We watched a video instructing us about the ins and outs of juror selection, trials, and our civic responsibility; can I just openly say "boring"? But there was one part that really caught my attention. Throughout the video the catch phrase "justice for all" was constantly repeated. Juror service is about "justice for all". When you are on a jury you have to set aside biases, preconceived notions, completely neutral so that the person on trial gets justice.

As a Christian, one of the things I'm thankful for is that I'm NOT getting justice. Obviously God is a just god, and wants us to work for justice in our communities. But spiritually speaking we are not getting justice, because of Jesus. Justice for us would mean spiritual death; hell. There is overwhelming evidence against us, we've committed the crimes, a jury of our peers would have to convict us. But God, the righteous judge, somehow declares us "not guilty". (That's what the word justified mean.) Why? Because justice was served on Jesus Christ. He took our sentence for us. He paid for our crimes. Justice was served, but not on us. Thank God we don't get justice!

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Leviticus 1-4


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