Land of the free, home of the brave! Liberty and justice for all! These phrases are as timeless in America as baseball and apple pie. The American way of life is very interesting. Our country, born amidst strife and the pursuit of freedom, is known around the world for the freedom we afford ourselves. In fact, we all demand freedom, justice, and rights. Our Constitution has said those are rightfully ours.
Let’s just define justice so we can know what it is that we’re demanding. Justice is a “reward and/or penalty as deserved.” Of course we want our due reward, our rights and personal happiness that is owed. Freedom of speech, right to bear arms, don’t tread on me!!! But let’s look at the latter part of the definition of justice. “A penalty as deserved.” Whether we would admit it or not, we owe a penalty. We all should rightfully pay for our sin and disobedience to God.
When we’re reminded of this, suddenly the justice part doesn’t sound so good. We want to replace the word justice with mercy and lucky for us, that’s exactly what God has done. We deserve justice but beg for mercy. And God has heard us. He has provided us mercy in the form of his perfect son sacrificed on the cross for our sins. Not because we have earned it or deserve it somehow. Not because it’s some law written into our manmade Constitution. His mercy is granted because God is love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ dies for us.”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
(1 Peter 1:3)