The Hopeful Notion of Justice (Part 1/3)

The clock ticks down as Jack closes in on the bad guys.  In a dark room dimly lit by a single bulb he clamps jumper cables onto the earlobes of a terrorist in an attempt of uncovering some sinister plot.  Jack Bauer is one bad dude.

I’ll admit I watch it every week and I love just about every minute of it.  I can’t help but thinking if Jack were to take a nap he would be out several episodes.  But not Jack, that guy doesn’t need sleep (or food for that matter).

Thankfully he is resilient enough to quickly recover from knife and gunshot wounds so that he can evade death and execute justice.  We get to see it all go down in a 24-hour time slot.  That’s how I like justice: fast and furious.

In real life it doesn’t always work that way.  We know that the guilty often go unpunished.  This will not always be the case.  Jesus spoke of a coming judgment that would be absolute.  The guilty will one day receive their eternal sentence.

But don’t look for comfort in the Bible; it cuts like a double-edged sword.  In the New Testament we find that WE are the guilty. As Paul writes, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  If there is a judgment that awaits every person upon death, then it seems that we should be more fearful of dying.

Conversely, Jesus says just the opposite:

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

It seems that there is something much more terrifying than the prospect of death.

To be continued…