Everything rests on the new life—the new reality—established Easter morning. All prior history is looking toward it; everything after is lived in light of it.
It isn’t just a happy ending. It isn’t just a grand miracle. It’s confirmation of a type of life that people only dreamed about before.
Why does injustice so often prevail?
Despite our fallen, sinful state, we have an innate sense of how things should be. We feel it in every fiber of our being. Simply put, the good guys should win.
We see it over and over throughout the Bible: Job, Ecclesiastes, the prophets, the psalms and proverbs proclaim it. The righteous should prevail, goodness should come with some reward (or at least should guarantee us a comfortable, happy life full of blessing!).
When this doesn’t happen, we cry “Not fair!” We feel like some great wrong has occurred, even once we’ve resigned ourselves to expect life to be unfair.
We cynically accept that injustice, unfairness, and suffering is the way of the world. But it still grates on us. We accept it, but it doesn’t seem right; it goes against everything we feel should be.
A man shouldn’t receive punishment for telling the truth. Vulnerable people shouldn’t be taken advantage of. No one should hurt another person. Death shouldn’t separate us from those we love.
The height of injustice is Good Friday
On Good Friday, we see this climax in the greatest injustice the world has ever known. A sinless man is taken, falsely accused, abused, and executed—and not just a sinless man, but the God of the universe, the Creator, Sustainer, and Author of all that is.
To each of these abuses and injustices, Christ responds with love, goodness, and selflessness. Yet he is murdered—executed as a criminal.
We’re right—this world is all wrong
But on Easter Day, it isn’t just that Jesus Christ rises from the dead. (And that’s huge.)
It isn’t just that we receive salvation. (A difficult concept to grasp, but also huge.)
It’s that Christ breaks down the door and ushers in a new order. He decisively defeats death and evil!
We’ve been kicking against death shouting, “This is all wrong! It isn’t supposed to be this way. It isn’t fair.” And Christ confirms all our deepest suspicions. It’s not right; but he has prevailed.
A new creation
He is the firstborn of a new creation—a right creation. Christ opens up a new reality where death has no sting, where life is eternal, where goodness is rewarded, and righteousness is restored.
He is risen; He is risen indeed!
This is the truth and the hope that we as Christians now live in. We can risk it. It’s possible to go out and love as Christ showed us to love. We can be humiliated, we can be abused, we can withstand and endure the injustices of this world because we know that the way of righteousness does prevail in the end.
It isn’t just “we do what’s right so that we can go to heaven” or avoid the fires of hell. It isn’t a matter of doing what’s right to gain some reward or escape punishment.
We live in a new reality that Christ ushered in.
We live as righteous and humble ambassadors of Christ now, showing that, as he did, we can uphold and defend all that is right and good while suffering the unjust consequences of it.
This upside down, right side wrong, broken world is being made new. And Christ opens the door.
By accepting our life as in Christ, we enter into that new life.
Is this world still a scary place? Do the wicked often prevail? Are oppression, war, violence, hatred, and lying still rampant? Do the righteous suffer unjustly?
But we know the truth.
Their days are numbered. All that the psalmists and prophets felt deep within their bones we now know to be true. It is confirmed.
Our Redeemer lives. Righteousness will prevail. Justice will be restored. The good guy wins.