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Is There No Justice?

Isaiah 53:8

Rev. John F. Wurst

Lent 6 midweek
The Lutheran Church of Christ the King  
Duluth, Minnesota

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Wed, Mar 20, 2013 

"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2)

Isaiah 53:8

Lent 6


In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Although the US Constitution does not state that a man is innocent until proven guilty, it is presumed. If you commit a crime, you're guilty. you are no longer innocent even if you ever set foot in a courtroom. However, the concept of innocence is that all people are to be treated as innocent until the Law proves them guilty in court.

Even today in 2013, with all the advancements in technology to afford better research, the more learned attorneys in our land, and all the safeguards of the Law, yes, even the powerful United States of America can make a mistake and sentence an innocent man to death for crimes he didn't commit.

Now, 2,000 years ago, Rome had their judicial system as did the Jewish people. Two different forms of government. Two different sets of eyes. Yet, Jesus is taken prisoner in the Garden in Gethsemane by a horde of people, officials, and townspeople bearing clubs, swords, and other weapons of destruction.

Jesus is then taken before Pontus Pilate for trial. He can't find any wrongdoing done by Jesus. He sends Jesus to Herod. Herod finds no faults either. Jesus goes back to Pilate. Three more trials and still no guilt.

Is there no Justice? How many times must a man stand trial for crimes he didn't commit. Oppression. That's what the Jews handed Jesus. Oppression. Injustice. Hatred. They hated Jesus so much they just wanted to kill Him. They hated Him so much they made up the charges and accusations issued to PIlate to try Jesus in court.

The actions of the Jews are no different than the actions tumbling around in your hearts and minds. Kill him because he's black. Kill him because he's white. Kill him because he's homosexual. Kill him because he preaches the truth. Kill him just because. Kill. Kill. Kill.

People of this fallen world kill so often they are numb to their own actions. Rob a man of his life by crucifying him because He is God. Jesus didn't lie. The Jews just didn't believe Him. The sin is theirs not Jesus'. Rob a man of His life by crucifying him because He preaches the truth. They crucified Jesus just like many in the church today crucify their pastors for their preaching and teaching of the truth. Repent.

America may be able to save those innocents locked up awaiting death. For Jesus, there was no such rescue. No such deliverance. No escape. Jesus was oppressed and hated, persecuted and killed to save you from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

Jesus didn't have an appeal process. He only had the wrath of His Father to face knowing it would consume Him in death for your salvation. Jesus stayed the course of obedience. He didn't waiver. Firm He stood on His Father's Word even unto death on the cross.

The justice of the Father in heaven was carried out against His only-begotten Son on Good Friday. Justice for the world that Jesus was scourged with the rod and whips. Justice for you fulfilled when Jesus cried, "It is finished." Jesus suffered injustice and oppression in your place to deliver to you the forgiveness of your sins.

With His death on the cross, Jesus conquered death. He broke the strangle hold of death and the devil that held you in their grips. Jesus broke down the prison walls and bars that held you captive in sin. You are not slave of sin. You are the Baptized. You are now slaves of righteousness. Your life is no longer lived in darkness; it is lived in the Light of Jesus Christ.

Jesus suffered and died on the cross to earn salvation for you. He rose again from the dead on Easter Sunday to give everlasting life to all who believe on His Name. That's you. Jesus claimed you from darkness in Baptism and gave you life. He made you heirs of His eternal kingdom.

Now, Jesus continues to strengthen you in the one true faith through His Means of Grace; His Word and Sacraments. Jesus comforts you with the knowledge of salvation. During your life in this fallen world, you will be oppressed because of the Name of Jesus. Do not fear. The world may take your body but it cannot take your soul. You are a Child of Christ. You are Baptized.

Jesus says to you, I forgive you all your sins. He says to you, Take eat; take drink. Jesus continues to serve you today from His throne through His Church. No one and no thing can ever steal you away from the King. You are His now and forevermore.

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Amen.


(C) Rev. John F. Wurst

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