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What did Jesus say about Justice

What did jesus say about Justice

Jesus’ teachings on justice revolve around compassion, love, and fairness. He emphasized treating others as we would want to be treated and highlighted the importance of caring for the marginalized and oppressed in society. Here are three significant Bible verses that illustrate Jesus’ stance on justice:

  1. Matthew 23:23 (ESV): “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”
  2. Luke 4:18-19 (ESV): “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
  3. Matthew 25:35-36 (ESV): “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Compassion and Empathy: Jesus’ teachings compel us to look beyond our immediate circles and consider the needs and sufferings of others, especially those marginalized by society. His emphasis on feeding the hungry, welcoming strangers, and visiting the sick and imprisoned highlights the importance of empathy and action in our pursuit of justice.
  2. Mercy Over Ritual: The critique of the Pharisees for their focus on ritual over substantive actions of mercy and justice serves as a reminder that our actions and how we treat others are more significant than mere adherence to rituals. True justice involves mercy and faithfulness, going beyond the surface to impact lives meaningfully.
  3. Proclamation of Freedom and Restoration: Jesus’ mission statement in Luke 4:18-19 centers on bringing liberty to the oppressed and proclaiming God’s favor. This shows that justice is not just about righting wrongs but also about restoration and freedom. It involves addressing systemic issues that keep people in bondage, whether physically, economically, or spiritually.

These teachings from Jesus on justice call us to a higher standard of love, compassion, and action, challenging us to make a tangible difference in the world around us.


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