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Jesus Used His Freedom to Trust

November 5, 2019

He entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

It was not that Jesus suffered terrible abuse and then said, “None of this really matters. Let’s just sweep it all under the carpet.”

God is committed to justice, and He has placed a sense of that justice within your heart. Every evil that has ever been committed will be brought to justice. Every dark secret will be brought to light. God has set a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness.

It is a huge relief to know that there is one who judges justly. And we can follow the example of Jesus who entrusted himself—that is, He entrusted every injury inflicted on Him and every insult made against Him—into the hands of God the Father.

Christians are the only people in the world who can do this. The world is convinced that the only justice that will ever be done is done in this world. So if it does not happen here and now we say, “There is no justice.” But if you’re a Christian, you know that there is justice.

Jesus could have chosen a different path. He could have called in the angels and exercised immediate judgment, but He did not do that. He used His freedom to make a different choice. He entrusted the world’s most terrible injustice and most awful abuse into the hands of God.

When He did that He knew one of two things would happen: Either those who perpetrated this awful evil would be brought to justice in the presence of God, or they would cast themselves at the feet of Jesus in repentance and find forgiveness because of what He suffered.

Where could you make a different choice and entrust an injustice into God’s hands?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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