It’s Valentine’s Day, and I want to declare, I love Jesus for lots and lots of reasons! Like…because He loves me. And because He gave me my wife, my daughters, a beautiful world, and bacon!
But here’s one BIG reason why – He is most definitely NOT fair.
When I was a kid, I was shocked, insulted, offended, and appalled when I realized, life is NOT fair!
Who came up with this scam?! I should get what I want, when I want it, how I want it and even if it’s yours! Anything less than that? NOT FAIR!
And to make it worse, my parents would tell me to get used to it! Like this is some natural law of the universe! And sometimes they’d be amused by my tirades (which was much better than when they weren’t amused by my tirades…geezzz). I had this great expectation that life should be fair, and by fair, I mostly meant life should always work in my favor.
And Jesus is not fair. But before I explain that, let me explain the way life actually IS fair.
How Life IS Fair
There is justice in the universe. There is right, and there is wrong, and wrong should always get punished. That’s justice.
We all want justice – especially when the injustice is done against us. Justice is fair. Do wrong? Get punished. Fair!
And God set up governments for just that purpose! He says in Romans 13:4, “for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”
But wait! Did you know that between 1980 and 2015 in the United States, over 200,000 murders went unsolved? That means 200,000 murderers got off…scott-free!
But God promises that even though someone may escape punishment on this earth, nobody who does evil will escape His punishment.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14 (ESV)
So all of those murderers that escaped punishment here? God will catch them.
Every. Single. One.
Because God is a good judge. Only a crooked judge would let murderers and rapists and thieves go free. God is NOT a crooked judge.
But that is bad news. Because that means I will be punished for all evil deeds. And so will you.
Jesus took MY punishment for My evil deeds (sin) and did the same for you too. He suffered MY punishment and YOURS so we wouldn’t have to.
Most definitely NOT FAIR!
But so kind. So loving. So compassionate. So sacrificial.
He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)
But Jesus, in His love for you and for me, was willing to undergo the injustice of it all, the unfairness of it all, so that we might be with Him forever.
And that…I absolutely, completely, 100% LOVE.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
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