Love and Unfairness
Every time in the decision making process you get someone who thinks the outcome is unfair. You know this person, the one who yells and screams at the result, you may even be able to hear them exclaim, “That’s not fair!” they probably won’t stop at just yelling, they will pout and possibly cap it off with tears. Are we on the same page? This person doesn’t think the outcome is fair and they want everyone to know how unfair it really is. This story isn’t about the one who sees a decision as unfair this is about the one who sees this as a gift, a gift that is in fact the most unfair thing that has ever happened in humanity. It was unfair but that is why it’s love. True Love isn’t fair, and this is why.
BLANK FOR NOW
There was a man, a man who in all things was perfect. He never made a mistake and never even thought about a wrong thing. He is perfect; he was the best because he is in his own category. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. He was without sin! Perfect. While doing everything right and being absolutely perfect he caused quite a stir among his community, so much so that the leaders became jealous and started to plot against him to take his life. They were jealous because he was stealing their spotlight. Eventually the plan was put into effect and they put him to death, but even in the trial process the ruler (Pilate) couldn’t find fault in him. After his death the religious leaders rejoiced for they thought they got what they wanted. They didn’t listen to his teachings when he said he would rise three days later (John 2:19). This death and resurrection was the plan for redemption of a fallen people, planned by God before existence. It involved his one and only son, Jesus (John 3:16). Why would a God sacrifice His one and only son? To display His love for his creation. It’s not fair for Jesus, but He knew he had to do it, not only did he do it because he had to He did it because he LOVED (1 John 4:19).
It’s not fair because Jesus is perfect! He doesn’t have guilt because He’s not guilty. He didn’t sin, He’s sinless. He is the perfect sacrifice; the spotless lamb (1 Peter 1:19). If, then He’s perfect, why is he being sacrificed on a cross? It’s the only way. The only way for a fallen (Romans 3:23) world to reach God (John 14:6). But love, true love, the one God himself offers is not fair. It does not keep record of wrongs, does not envy, does not boast, etc. (1 Corinthians 13). 1 John 4:10 says that Love is brought on that not that we loved God, but that we love God because he first loved us, so much that he sent his one and only son to die for us. Not only did he die for us but died to save us, the whole world! (John 3:17)
We have nothing deserving of God’s love, we don’t deserve it (Romans 5:6,8) In fact we did the despicable things that took us even further from where God wanted us. That’s why it’s love and that’s why He is God. Because all of eternity he is longing to get us to be right next to him like Adam and Eve were with him. He does everything he can to draw mankind back to him. He even sent Jesus, his only son, to die on a cross. If anyone out there believes that they deserve a perfect sacrifice for their life and actions I would love to meet you and talk with you a little bit. I know I don’t deserve it and that’s why I believe it’s “not fair” but God did and he does till this day. He treasures you and desires you to walk in a manner that is fit for salvation. That’s why he sent his son; to trade his death so that we might have life (John 10:10-11).
If I was Jesus I would be extremely upset with my father, but that is why he is perfect and I am not. But not only was he not upset, he was overjoyed to obey His father (John 4:34, 6:38). He was here on earth for one reason; to be a literal sacrifice, the final sacrifice. In the Old Testament you see sacrifice of animals, fragrances, and oils to reconcile the sin of the people. This sacrifice is very different; yet has some similarities. Jesus died for all while Old Testament sacrifices were for one specific group, town, family. At that time sacrifice was an ongoing process, every so often you had to sacrifice to make right all of you wrongs. It was a constant when Jesus’ sacrifice was the final sacrifice. The very end of sacrifices as we know it. Take some time to be still and be quiet as you meditate on this next statement. I don’t know where you’re at in your life, what kind of past you come from, but I know there is a God who loves you so much that he sent His son to die a gruesome death so that he could spend FOREVER with YOU! So whatever is holding you back, that thing that you don’t want anyone to know about, listen to what Jesus said with his last breath,
“It is finished!”
Don’t let a past of filth keep you from a present and future glory with God.
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you.