In all four of
the following lessons, there is an awareness of a righteous God
acting to restore justice in Israel and the world:
Mary celebrates her future son as the
one who would bring down the proud and lift up the lowly (Luke
Song of Praise—Luke 1:46-56), thus
restoring a just society.
Zacharias speaks of the Lord's
providing a Savior to deliver the people from their enemies
Prophesies—Luke 1:57, 58, 67-79),
thus giving them justice.
The angels speak of a lasting peace on
Is Born!—Luke 2:1-17), a world peace
where justice prevails.
Simeon sees the baby as God's
salvation, both to Israel and the other nations (Luke 2:30, 32,
Is Presented in the Temple—Luke 2:21, 22, 25-38),
inaugurating God's reign of peace and justice throughout the
Unit 2: Jesus
Ushers in the Reign of God
But then (as now), the establishment of
justice and peace is met with resistance. There are always those
who profit from injustice, who thrive in a corrupt system,
whether political, moral, or religious.
Unit 2: "Jesus Ushers in the Reign
of God" offers examples of Jesus' battling for justice as He
overturns oppressive Sabbath traditions, calls for inclusion of
the disenfranchised, and teaches a parable about a reversal of
fortunes in eternity.
the Sabbath—Luke 6:1-11
as God's People—Luke 6:12, 13, 17-31
Teaches about Humility—Luke 14:7-18a, 21-24
Compassion for the Poor—Luke 16:19-31
Unit 3: Live
Justly in the Reign of God
Finally, Unit 3: "Live Justly in the
Reign of God" gives us a peek at the first-century church's
struggle to implement the lessons of a just community as
envisaged by Jesus. His church is to be blind to rank and
privilege, a place where we all love our neighbors as we love
ourselves. James calls this principle the "royal law" (James
2:8), the king of all rules for righteous living. Our call to
justice is on the personal level, actualized in how we treat
For the Christian, justice is not
merely a matter of the legal system and civic rights. Justice
must begin with us, each of us individually. We must remember
that our salvation in Jesus is neither justice denied nor
justice delayed. It is, rather, justice diverted as Jesus
willingly took the penalty of our sins upon himself. Since we
have been declared righteous in this way, should we not show
mercy to others?
We must remember that our salvation in
Jesus is ... justice diverted.
and Do the Word—James 1:19-27
Everyone Equally—James 2:1-13
Your Faith and Your Works—James 2:14-26
Your Speech—James 3:1-12
Diligent study of these lessons will not only bless you
spiritually, but also aid you in discovering God's plan
for your own life!