Sunday, March 20, 2011

March 20 Sermon - Betrayed by a Friend and the Justice System

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Jesus experiences unfairness in a way that is both striking and deeply disturbing. He is betrayed by one of his own disciples, and he is betrayed by the justice system. He experiences injustice that is both personal and formal; he experiences pain from a follower and from the “system.” Both are painful but in different ways.

Today we’re going to unpack this dark moment in Jesus’s life, and see what lessons we can learn about Jesus, our experience with injustice, and how all of this relates to something the Bible calls “Good News.”

We find two kinds of injustices:

1. Personal Injustice - friends betray us and processes often stink

2. Formal Injustice - when the entire system is totally corrupt

How do we connect the cross to the problem of injustice?


1. There was never a greater injustice than the cross

2. The Devil and sinful men were pawns in the hands of sovereign God

3. The beauty of forgiveness was born in the putrid soil of injustice


1. Injustice in the is lifetime, while inevitable, is not comparable to the joy of the next for those who know Christ.

2. Unfair doesn't mean useless or ultimate

Unfair is not fun; but it is not useless or ultimate. There is a point, and they won’t get away with it! The Bible and the cross declare these truths boldly. It was Job who said, “25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth (Job 19:25). So when injustice happens to you, come back to the cross. Remember Jesus.

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