"It's not fair!"

By Rev David de Bruyn

It's not fair!  How many times do you hear those words, especially in the home or on the playground?
It is very revealing about the sinfulness from our human hearts that from the earliest years we expect and demand to be treated fairly, but we are far less concerned with treating others fairly.  As you grow older you become more sophisticated in the ways you say, It's not fair!  You talk about prejudice and oppression and lawlessness and nepotism and corruption, but it is still the same thing; a desire that the world would treat you fairly. Just like when you were a child, you are less concerned about being treated too well at someone else's expense than you are at being treated badly with someone else profiting.
One of the greatest paradoxes of all is this: God will bring justice to the universe through His Son bearing injustice.  The Son of God who was perfectly just and righteous was unjustly treated, unfairly treated and ultimately bore on the cross all your injustice.  In fact, His very treatment was unjust.  He experienced treatment He did not deserve, so that you could avoid the treatment you do deserve.
What you see in the time between Gethsemane and the cross is how the innocent Jesus was unjustly treated.  Everywhere along the line Jesus could have, from a pure justice point of view, shouted It is not fair!  I don't have to go through with this! I'm doing the world a favour!  I'm giving them unearned kindness.  Not only are they not thanking Me, they are abusing Me.  I am not going to take this!  But instead you find that according to 1 Peter 2 v 23 Jesus, when He was reviled, did not revile in return.  When He suffered He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. From the betrayal in the garden all the way to Pilate giving the order to crucify Christ, was one long chain of injustice which Jesus bore silently, patiently and for your sake.

As you face some forms of injustice in the world the writer of Hebrews reminds you in chapter 12 v 3, For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You say, It is not fair!  No, it isn't.  A world in which innocent Jesus got treated this way isn't fair.  But then, if He hadn't, there'd be no mercy, only ultimate justice and every sinner would get what every sinner deserves, which is eternal death.  Instead, because the Just suffered unjustly for the unjust, the unjust can be declared just by Him.  And so you give thanks, you admire, you love the One who suffered unjustly for you and when you face injustice, you take your cue from Jesus.  1 Peter 4 v 19, Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good as to a faithful Creator.

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