I’ve been wondering for a while about how we, as followers of Jesus, “do” justice. What does that look like? How did Jesus “do” justice?
Jesus is amazing. Literally, life-changingly, heart-achingly amazing. Every action, every word, every healing, everything about him – mind blowing. He is the pinnacle of creation, and the centre of history. There’s no word that can truly describe his greatness. No action we do that can compare to his kindness. No depths that we can plummet that are out of reach of his grace. Nowhere we can run to get away from his love. He is all-sufficient – the whole of eternity is held together in him. Jesus is amazing. In perfect relationship with the Father and the Spirit for all of time.
Yet, he chose to step down from the vast riches of heaven to align himself with us.
Jesus didn’t stand at a distance and call to us. He didn’t wave his hand and make everything right. He stepped down into this messy, broken, hurting, dirty world and made himself one of us. He became fully human in every way, tempted and tried just like us, yet without failure or fault. He aligned himself to us, but didn’t change to become like us. He aligned himself to us, showed us a better way to live and then made the way for that, and now helps us to live that life. He is everything that we have ever needed, need right now or will ever need. He said something about that, about being “the way, the truth and the life”.
Jesus is our example of how to live in every area of life. Thus, Jesus is our example of how to “do” justice.
In the same way that Jesus aligned himself to us, we align ourselves with the last, the least and the lost. By standing alongside rather than giving hand outs, we live the way Jesus did. By choosing to walk away from the “riches” of the world and be people who live alongside those that have been cast out, downtrodden, oppressed and forgotten, we are living a life that reflects the glory of God.
Now, I’ll be honest with you, that scares me. A lot. Up sticks, move to another part of the town, or country…or world…and align myself with those that the world looks down on. Yet, I just wonder if, in that place of less, we’ll have more. In that place of poverty, we will feel rich. In that place of hopelessness, we will find the very hope that we are aiming to bring. If we want to find Jesus in this world, then let’s go to those places where no one else goes. To quote Bono
“God has a special place for the poor. The poor are where God lives. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is where the opportunity is lost and lives are shattered. God is with the mother who has infected her child with a virus that will take both their lives. God is under the rubble in the cries we hear during wartime. God, my friends, is with the poor. And God is with us if we are with them.”
Maybe justice isn’t done. Maybe justice is lived.
What do you think?