<If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.>
Is it justice for a thief, murderer or slanderer to be set free?
How is it justice for a sinner to be forgiven?
Imagine you are a son or daughter from the tribe of Reuben and are living in Jerusalem. Being a good man or women you attend the services on Sabbath and feast days, listen to and learn from the priests, but are still, for one reason or another, suspicious of their hearts intention.
Now, you are in the public square listening to Jesus’ teaching. Not only are you listening to His teaching, but you are enjoying it. He even came right up to you and asked you what your name is and what you do for a living. When you told Him, you accidentally slipped up and said something you don’t tell anybody. It was an honest slip and you are sure that nobody but Him caught it. You take note that around Him, you may accidentally be more honest than the flesh intends you to be.
Now, here come the high priests, a whole bunch of them, buzzing in like a bike of hornets protecting their nest. They throw a woman on to the ground and say:
“This woman was caught in adultery. In the very act. What do you say we should do with her”
In the very act, huh? you think to yourself.
After some careful and meditative thought, Jesus, being pressured to order the woman stoned, recognized what was happening. He, also is a bit suspicious of the intentions of these pharisees and high priests. He puts up a spiritual mirror in order for them to see how disgusting they are inside for what they are doing in that very moment and He says “He who is without sin may cast the first stone.”
The Bible tells us that Jesus is “faithful and just to forgive”. It says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He is faithful to forgive, circumstantially, we know that. Sometimes Satan finds out our weaknesses and plays them against us; Still, even though doing wrong has such force working for it, a sinner is still choosing to do the wrong.
The woman may have been forgiven her sin, but her and her husband would have still dealt with the ramifications of the sin for the rest of their lives. Their reputation and dignity would have taken a major hit and the two of them may have trust issues for many decades if the woman is not put away. The consequences, carnally, of the sin exist still. If we confess and want to turn from sin it is not vain for Jesus to forgive us. Spiritually the sin, in forgiveness, is erased and we can have good communion with Jesus.
The question I pose to you is this:
He is faithful to forgive.
How is it justice for Him to forgive?
The husband of the wife might argue against that being justice. The victim in a crime might very well argue against their perpetrator being found guilty and then forgiven as justice. However, The Bible reads that Jesus is just to forgive. Once the veil is lifted, it does not seem right . . . or does it?
Lord, we know Your word is true. We know we live in a world that twists and maligns the truth. Please open the eyes of the readers and me so that we may see this mystery plainly and apply it’s meaning to our lives, bringing us joy and steadfastness in You, Jesus.
Greek for Just:
Cognate: 1342 díkaios (an adjective, derived from dikē, “right, judicial approval”) – properly, “approved by God” (J. Thayer);righteous; “just in the eyes of God” (Souter). See 1343(“dikaiosynē).
Original Word: δίκαιος, ία, ιον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (dik’-ah-yos)
Short Definition: just, righteous, impartial
Definition: just; especially, just in the eyes of God; righteous; the elect (a Jewish idea).
other occurrences of dikaios (just)
Matthew 1:19: Joseph, her fiance, was a dikaios man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
Luke 23:47: When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “This man certainly was dikaios!”