In a world of almost eight billion people, there exists only two groups before God: those who want justice and those who don’t.
When God looked at Sodom and Gomorra, it wasn’t just because these cities were totally corrupted, but it was exactly because it had inhabitants of only one of those groups: those who didn’t want justice.
This became very clear when Abraham asked Him, saying:
“Shall You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous in the city? Shall You also destroy, and not spare the place, for the fifty righteous who are in it?… So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the entire place for their sakes.” Genesis 18:23-26
Abraham still had a bit of hope, after all his nephew Lot and his family lived there, however he asked five other times until he reached ten people, and the Lord responded:
“I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” Genesis 18:32
There wasn’t even ten people that wanted justice in Sodom and Gomorrah… imagine how rotten this place must’ve been! By the way, it’s possible that not even Lot and his family wanted justice, since when they had the opportunity of leaving the city, they didn’t want to. God delivered them because of the love He had for Abraham…
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
Just because a person lives in injustice doesn’t mean they want justice. There’s people and then there’s people. Let’s remember the two thieves on the cross. One of them blasphemed against the Lord Jesus saying:
“If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us!” Luke 23:39
Just by the mockery, you can see the incredulity of one who was dying for his criminal acts, and who did not have a single ounce of regret for what he had done.
And the other thief repented and said,
But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, seeing you are under the same sentence? And we indeed, justly. For we are receiving the due reward of our deeds. But this Man has done nothing amiss.” Luke 23:40-41
See the difference between one and the other: one mocked the Lord Jesus, and the other recognized how much He didn’t deserve to be there among them, because he was strong; in other words, he had recognized his mistakes and knew that he had to pay for them, and because of this, he became a just man.
This is the reason why the Lord Jesus said:
“Truly, I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43
That thief became just, because he recognized his mistake.
Side to side to the Lord Jesus on the cross, the two thieves represented all humanity, we all make mistakes, fail and sin. However, some recognize their situation and seek for justice, while others do not.
This means that it doesn’t matter what you did, if you recognize your mistake, repent and return to the Lord Jesus, you will become just, even if by human eyes, like that one thief on the cross, you may still be judged or condemned by what you did.
But if you make mistakes and justify yourself, think that you have the right to err, to do what you want with your life, separating yourself more and more from the Lord Jesus, it can be too late for you one day.
There are only two types of people: those who want justice and those who don’t. Which group are you in?
In the faith.