Day 1: Justice
'My soul yearns for you in the night;
in the morning my spirit longs for you.
When your judgements come upon the earth,
the people of the world learn righteousness.'
In Advent we remember the coming of Jesus but we also wait for the return of Jesus. And it's the justice that he brings that we so long to see.
What does actively waiting for justice look like? The prophet's 'soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you'.
One of the most exciting developments in the Christian world in recent years has been a return to committed prayer. Prayer can be a wrestle. Pete Greig speaks about how we can learn a thing or two from Jesus losing sleep in order to pray. But our prayer, our worship, our waiting on him not only for the sake of him, but also for the sake of the world should cost us something.
William Wilberforce saw the coming justice - a new world where there would be no slavery. And he demanded it now. It cost him his health, and many years of his life. Martin Luther King Jr shouted 'let justice roll' and it cost him his life too. God is calling us, in all sorts of ways, to usher in his justice. Yet very few of us will have to suffer the way heroes like Wilberforce and King did. The justice that Jesus won for us cost him his life.
The judge takes the cost and now we can wear his righteousness. Jesus’ arrival is the arrival of good news: that his judgement and his justice which we will one day see is a day we wait for not only with earnest prayer, but also with hope.