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Our Longing for Justice will be Fulfilled
God has good news and bad news for you. The good news is that Judgment Day is coming! The bad news is that Judgment Day is coming! Take your pick!

There is an innate longing in the human heart for a connection with the eternal. We may deny it, or we may ignore it, but it is there nevertheless. A sense that there is something more to life than the few years we spend on this planet – a sense of incompleteness.

Surely there must be some kind of a final reckoning. After all, our sense of justice demands it.

This sense of incompleteness is exacerbated by the stream of headlines in the daily news about the rich and powerful (and others), who "get away with murder," as they say. So often the schemers and scammers "beat the rap" and prosper. Meanwhile the innocent suffer.

Surely there must be some kind of a final reckoning. After all, our sense of justice demands it. There must be rewards somewhere for those who have done good. There are a vast number of common, ordinary people (and admittedly, some extraordinary people as well) who have given of their means, and even of life and limb, to help or to save others, but have gone unrecognized.

I have both good news and bad news for you. There is a Day of Judgment coming. God will indeed finally right the wrongs, punish the guilty and reward the righteous. You say, Ha! A day of judgment - that sounds good and reasonable. But why do you say that is both good news and bad news?

Hear what the Bible says: "God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a man whom He has appointed having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31). That "man" of course is Jesus Christ. The good news is that evil will indeed be punished.

The bad news is that all of us, as "good" as we may appear in comparison to murderers or thieves or rapists, are lost sinners for whom Christ died. We must therefore repent of our sins and believe in Him. We must if we are to escape the dire consequences of. the final judgment: "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not believe the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him" (John 3:36).

We must get serious about Jesus Christ and not just say nice things about Him from afar. The words of C.S. Lewis from his book, Mere Christianity, should shake us awake:

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things that Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level of a man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was and is the Son of God or else He is a madman – or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool; you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.

In the light of Lewis's logic, dare we brush off our longings for inner completeness and final justice as mere wishful thinking, rather than the voice of God wooing us to Himself? May it never be!

Jesus said, "I have come that they (that's us) might have life and have it more abundantly." His offer is still open. The options are plain. The choice is ours.

Bert Warden is a retired Christian & Missionary Alliance pastor. He resides in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Originally published in Faith Today, December 2006. Revised for the Abbotsford Times, August 28, 2009.

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