I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?
Our Justice comes in a person. So when Jesus is speaking about justice coming speedily, He is speaking of His second coming. The ultimate justice we are looking for, the prayer we are praying, the love we are searching for, is in Jesus Christ. Right now we have the firstfruits of this complete justice. Our prayers have been answered, but not everything is right yet. Justice does occur but not the total justice we desire. We are saved yet we still make mistakes. He saved the world but the world still needs saving. We are transformed but yet there are still parts of us that need transforming.
The prayer that Jesus describes here is for our daily lives, our big needs and our small needs, but the bigger prayer is a prayer of intimacy—a prayer that is prayed day and night without ceasing, because we know that until He comes the second time, justice will never be fully restored.
When the Son of Man comes, He will be looking for those with faith. What does faith look like? Faith looks like a persistent widow, who knows her own brokenness but at the same time will not give up until things are right. A widow who will not take “no” for answer. Prayer comes from the heart that does not lose heart. We are that widow, in a sense, for we have a knowing that things can be made right, and our continual prayers are the sign that our faith is not in this world but in the One who made all things.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word. If our prayers have stopped, if we don’t have the persistence of a widow, then we need the word again—the seed—to grow in us the character and perseverance needed so that we do not give up. May we be a church of faith. May He see a desire for Him in our prayers and a desire for heaven to come to earth.
Justice is a person. His name is Jesus.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey