We all want to live in a just and fair world where everyone treats his neighbor with love and kindness doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, yes?
But according to www.ogdenpage.com/frivolous_lawsuits.htm, It is estimated that over 40 million lawsuits are filed every year in the United States and the total number of registered lawyers exceeds one million. The proliferation of excessive litigation has given predator-attorneys the power to abuse the legal system and transform it into a “lawsuit lottery”, where everyone is forced to join.
The need to justify our actions, to be right, to make someone pay for a perceived wrong seems to be a major force that has been driving humankind since the beginning of time.
According to legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/ the secular world defines Justification as a sufficient or acceptable excuse or explanation made in court for an act that is otherwise unlawful; the showing of an adequate reason, in court, why a defendant committed the offense for which he or she is accused that would serve to relieve the defendant of liability.
We try so hard to justify our actions, attitudes, beliefs, and prejudices. We desperately want to be right in our own eyes, we want our works to make us acceptable, we want the world to be “fair.” We want everyone to know that we are right, we are justified before YHVH and everyone that what we did, said, believed, acted upon was justifiable. After all, we think, if only you had been in my shoes and know what I know you would have done, believed or acted in a similar manner.
I once wrote my congressman about a bill he was supporting in Congress. I gave several substantive reasons why he should withdraw his support; his response back to me was anything but hopeful of his changing his vote. “If you had the information that I have access to you would vote the same way I am voting.” There was no explanation of his position, just an attitude of “I really don’t care what you think!” He was using insider knowledge to justify stripping me of God-given rights while at the same time strengthening his power position over me, his constituent. In his own mind, he justified his vote by an “acceptable excuse” thereby relieving himself of accountability to those who voted him into office. In his own eyes he was justified in his actions, but we, the voters, were left feeling disenfranchised!
There is no justification for our actions, attitudes, beliefs, and prejudices apart from Yashua. (Isaiah 64:6) “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteous-nesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
To which I say there is nothing we can say or do to be righteous before YHVH. YHVH gave the ultimate sacrifice for our redemption — His Son! Because of His Son’s cruel death on that execution stake we have justification and for NO other reason. From www.biblestudytools.com and www.learnreligions.com we learn that justification is the declaring of a person to be just or righteous. It is a legal term signifying acquittal, the opposite of “condemnation”. It is to set something right or to declare righteous. This is what Y’Shua did for us, we cannot justify ourselves! Maybe this is why Y’Shua told us in Matthew 5:37, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” As Brene Brown would say, “To speak clearly is to be kind!”
At the end of Y’Shua’s ministry on earth, He spoke these words, “Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed.” (John 17:5) Yashua gave up His place as the Right Hand of His Father to come to earth to live and die for what reason? His abode was in that perfect place we refer to as heaven. Surrounded by beauty and perfection — no stain or blemish, no pollution or corruption only perfect peace, joy and thanksgiving, praise and honor — they were all His. So why would He do this?”
Adam and Eve, the first parents, were deceived by the master deceiver, hasatan. Their charge was to “guard” the Garden. Genesis 2:15, “Shamar” to keep, hedge about, guard, protect, attend. But they failed as we see from YHVH’s response in Genesis 3:22-24,
Then YHVH God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore YHVH God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden, he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
Y’Shua left the holy and righteous perfection of heaven to BEcome a path back to YHVH for each one of us; to BE our hedge of protection as He so eloquently prays to His Father YHVH in John 17:12, 20,
“While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which You have given Me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction… I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.” Yashua has “kept” us in the palm of His hand where He has promised that the enemy of the brethren cannot snatch us away. (John 10:28-30)
But every day, in one way or another we try hard to justify our accusations against God. Our miserable lives are sufficient excuse to make God pay up. It is His fault that we are treated so badly by our employers, our friends, family, our co-workers. It is His fault our child is sick, or a loved one dies a wrongful death. It is God’s fault if we lose our job, or our job stinks; if we don’t like where we live, or our spouse is mean; if we’re lonely, too fat or too thin. If our clothes are old and out of fashion or our kids don’t call, or our feet hurt, it’s all God’s fault! We hold our hopeless situations up as “proof” that we have been forsaken and abandoned even though from the Word we read this tremendous promise that YHVH will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5, Deuteronomy 31:6, 8) We justify our complaining because of our circumstances.
But let’s stop and take a moment to recall the one who could complain about his circumstances, but never did. If ever there was someone who could justify making “acceptable excuses” it would have to be Yashua. But by suffering a cruel and vicious death upon a Roman execution stake HE justified us; He covered us with His righteousness! Romans 8:1-4, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
At that moment in the history of time the deceiver of the brethren, hasatan, shouted in triumphant victory, but the grave couldn’t hold Y’Shua. He rose on the third day having conquered sin and death and took captives captive. He set us free. We are no longer held prisoner by sin and death — the prison doors are open because of His sacrifice — He paid our debt, going back to Genesis, in full. What a tremendous truth! Selah!
1Peter 3:18 “For Mashiach also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust in order that He might bring us to YHVH, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.”
Ephesians 4:7-8 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore, it says, “When he ascended on high, he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” Those gifts being consequent to His victory over death enabling us also to be victorious. Psalm 68:19, Blessed be YHVH, who daily bears our burden. The God who is our salvation. Selah. God is to us a God of deliverances; and to God, YHVH belongs escape from death.”
We whine and complain because we think God is unfair, He is making us suffer, He’s the cause of all suffering when the truth is, He endured the most unutterable agony so we could be set free from the penalty of judgment. Hasatan is only about stealing, killing and destroying — Y’Shua came that we might have life and that in abundance. (John 10:10)
Romans 3:21-26 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 4:24-25 “…but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”
Romans 5:1-6 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him, we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Beware of the temptation to despair that all hope is lost, “we live in a hostile culture bent on using the courts to scrub the public square clean of any reference to God [YHVH]. But let us be neither discouraged or daunted, for we know that God [YHVH] rules and in the end, He will demonstrate His power and righteousness.” (When A Nation Forgets God, by Erwin W. Lutzer, p., 133)