Justice Begins in the Heart

“The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.”

– Matthew 26:59

The Sanhedrin was a Jewish high court made up of rabbis who were responsible for carrying out tribunals that would enforce the law of the Lord. They operated with the permission of the Roman government and were mostly Sadducees, a group of Hebrew scholars who were generally friendly toward local governing authorities. Ironically, though they were appointed to uphold the law, they broke it in multiple ways in the case of crucifying Jesus. There were three rules they were always supposed to follow: no meeting at night, meet in the temple, and never meet during a festival. All three of those guidelines went out the window when they were determined to kill Jesus. They took the Lord to Caiaphas’ house at night and they did it during Passover. Amazingly, these were the same men who yelled at Jesus’ disciples for eating a little grain on the Sabbath. Yet they broke the written law to murder someone! 

I share this with you, my friend, to remind you that justice begins and ends in the hearts of individuals, not in governments or systems. Avoid putting your hope in institutions, and instead let it rest solely in the power of Jesus Christ. Without the wisdom and guidance of His Spirit, hearts can easily be turned and minds misled, which is why it’s vital for you to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. As you do, you become a conduit of His divine love and grace in a dark and corrupt world. Look to Him in all things, and He will keep you on course and use you to bless and improve the lives of others! 


Keep my heart turned toward you, Jesus, so I can be a conduit of your truth and justice. 


How can you be a source of truth and light to those around you?

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