Everything that God does is established in righteousness and justice, and the foundation of Jesus’ leadership is right and just actions. For us to understand His ways, we must understand His perspective on what is right and just.
Psalm 89:14 – “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.”
You can look at it like this…If righteousness is the noun, justice is the verb. If righteousness is the standard of what’s right, justice is the action that’s taken for things to become right. The clearer we become on what is right in the eyes of God, the more we will walk in partnership and agreement with Jesus as He rights the wrongs in the human heart, our homes, cities and nations.
Psalm 9:7-8 – “The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.”
In our day, the word “justice” is used in a number of different ways, with a number of different meanings. There are many “justice movements” in the earth today, and many are making the claim that humanity can make the wrong things right and fix the world’s problems with our money, our minds and our abilities. Jesus said that the starting point for correcting social injustices was by correcting the injustices (sins) in the heart towards God. Paul stated it clearly in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned (been unjust) and fall short of the glory of God.” Jesus’ primary justice pursuit is the making right of the human heart before God.
Secular justice movements champion people being saved from their earthly sufferings alone, leaving many of the heart issues completely unchanged. Biblical justice champions every heart and everything on the earth being made right with God in every way, and all creation worshiping Jesus as He is worshipped in heaven. Justice is possible because of who Jesus is, and there can never be true justice without Jesus because only He can transform the unjust hearts of men.
Many use the term “justice” as another word for outreach and compassion ministries to those that don’t know Christ and those in less fortunate situations. Justice definitely includes evangelism and compassion ministries, but Jesus has a much bigger justice agenda on His heart. His dream is that the body of Christ would say “yes” to the invitation to partner with Him to see His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Believers have been given the privilege of joining with His heart in the place of prayer, the joy of experiencing Him and seeing Him respond to our prayers, and the grace to work with Him (both in word and in deed) to see wrong things made right in the nations. Jesus has been anointed to bring justice to the nations and the Church has been invited to do it with Him!