I guess this topic intrigues me because of all the injustice in the world. Poverty. Human trafficking. Terrorism. It’s enough to make a person wonder, is God really just?
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. Psalm 89:14 (ESV)
The Bible speaks repeatedly of God’s justice. Justice is one of the characteristics of who God is. It’s an essential part of His nature.
God’s justice demands He deal with evil. He can’t sweep it under the rug or pretend He doesn’t see it. In order for God to be just, sin must receive what it deserves – death, both physical and spiritual.
God loves us, however. He has since, “before the foundation of the world.” (Ephesians 1:4, ESV) This presented a problem: how could God punish sin, yet preserve the sinners? How could He mete out the justice our wickedness deserved while still sparing us?
He could punish someone else in our place. He could pour out His righteous wrath on a perfect and innocent substitute. And that’s what He did.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
Make no mistake - our God is a God of justice. If you doubt this, look at Jesus on the cross, brutalized, bleeding, and forsaken by the Father. Look at Jesus, dying terrified and alone. That was God’s justice. That was the justice our sins deserved.
That’s all well and good, (you may be thinking), but what about all the evil running rampant in our world? Where is God in all of this? Isn’t He going to do something?
I’m glad you asked.
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. Revelation 19:11 (ESV)
Jesus came to earth the first time to deal with sin as a suffering servant. To offer salvation to any and all who would call upon his name.
He will come again to deal with evil as a ruling, reigning, and conquering King, and on that day justice will be served.