I’m reblogging this post, originally written in 2012, because it’s a great reminder that the cross of Jesus is relevant to those who are suffering and know sorrow well.
The other day, I was talking with a sister who is researching human trafficking. Automatically, the issue of justice comes up, because we can’t discuss trafficking without talking about justice. We can’t talk about justice without talking about the Just Judge. We can’t talk about the Just Judge without talking about Jesus, because They are One in the same.
My sister said something profound that I’ve been thinking about for days. She said, “I don’t know how I can present this topic of trafficking without presenting the Gospel”. The Gospel. The Good News. I don’t know how I can present this global injustice without sharing the Good News. Correct. She’s right on. Why?
1. the Gospel is for the beat up, the broken down, the messed up, the forgotten, the orphaned, the mistreated, the lost. The Gospel is for those who are just one hot mess.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
– Romans 5:6
2. AND, because, let’s be real…..what other hope is there in the world other than Jesus Christ??!? There is none….
So, I was thinking about this question. And, I was reminded of some very profound Truths I was given at Exodus Cry’s first annual ABOLITION SUMMIT this past January. I went to the conference, expecting to learn more about trafficking and the practical application of rescue, restoration, and rehabilitation. What really stuck with me, though, was the TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL.
I was once hopeless and in despair about the issue of human trafficking, because I was looking at the situation through my own understanding. As I gain more and more of God’s understanding, I live, praying in victory, resulting in peace and joy. I want to share with you just a few TRUTHS that have really impacted how I look at trafficking from GOD’S PERSPECTIVE and how that has changed into MY PERSPECTIVE.
Let’s start with the cross – from the perspective of victory…..which in our world looks like our Savior on a cross, in a loin cloth, asking His Father “why have You forsaken me?”
How does Jesus relate to anybody who has been a victim of human trafficking? This is amazing, and I pray it changes Your perspective forever. Go through these slowly, read them out loud. Jesus endured all of these things, and many who have overcome the injustice of human trafficking have also gone through some/all of these things…..
1. Sold by a close friend Matthew 26:14-16
2. Betrayed by a close friend
3. Touched with contempt
4. Criminilized, bound unjustly
5. Abandoned by those closest to Him, like family
6. His friends were afraid to be associated with Him anymore
7. He was falsely accused without respestantion or defense
8. Suffered under the government’s complicity
9. Mocked and dehumanized
10. Publicly humiliated
11. Suffered because of mankind’s freewill
12. Stripped naked
13. Brutally assaulted
14. Blasphemed, cursed
15. Called all kinds of false identities
16. Not believed
17. Hands and feet and side were all pierced
18. Had a foreign object in His body, tearing Him up
19. He bled
20. Bore the stigma of being crucified (cursed be the man who hung on a cross)
21. His own flesh and blood (Israel – His family) gave Him up to die
22. He suffered due to others’ sin and shame
23. Others’ sin and shame were put on Him
24. Separation from the Father – Mark 15
Jesus suffered the ultimate trauma of being separated from the Father, in order that every victim can be brought to the Father.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. – Romans 5:6 – 11