11/17/2015

Justice goes both ways

Wednesday November 25th, Revelation 1:    Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.  7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. The Revelation vision is one of the Prince of Peace coming to bring peace to you and I and to all the world. It is that “all the world” part that often includes those for whom we wish not peace but revenge.  Sometimes we call it justice, but what we really mean is revenge.  Justice goes both ways and speaks more about our calling than about the other. This Prince of Peace is the beginning and the end, a part of, and yet beyond all time, the one who freed us, and those for whom we sometimes wish “Justice” from sin.  All have  pierced this Prince of Peace and all the people of the earth will mourn because of him.  Mourn because our sins will be laid out before us.  Not in judgment, but in purification.  The manifestation of all the sin in our lives will bring about a great deal of mourning, the forgiveness of those sins is the vision of the New Jerusalem, God’s presence with us all.    

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