Bible Verse: “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)

Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-8

In Luke 18, Jesus tells his disciples “a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” It is the story that some people call the parable of the unjust judge, while others call it the parable of the persistent widow. I think both subtitles are inadequate. They do not fully convey the real points of this powerful parable.

The final question is the point of the parable. And that is the question confronting us today: when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?

Jesus told this parable so that the disciples should pray always and never lose heart. Jesus also told it so that we might know that God is the God of history. God stands at the beginning and end of history. God walks with us in history and welcomes us home, saying: “I am here as the ever-faithful God of justice, and I see to it that justice will be done. So do not fear for the future. Do not worry about the oppressors. Ultimately, they cannot win the battle, for I have overcome the evil one. I am available. If you ask for justice, I will give it to you.” Remember, the ever-faithful Son of Man, the just Judge, is always looking for faith-filled and justice-seeking, prayerful people.

Justice may be a long time in coming, but it will come because the Creator, the Redeemer, the Sustainer of life, has pledged God’s word of promise. God has given us faith. God has given us hope. God has shown us the way of justice. God has given us a vision and a mission, namely to be ministers of justice and reconciliation. We can therefore continue our work in the sure knowledge that, ultimately, we are not alone. We belong to God, and we are part of God’s people. Indeed, we cannot lose!

Therefore, be unashamed of the faith! Be unafraid of the future! For the future belongs to God, the God of justice. It belongs to all who are willing to be followers, disciples of Jesus, until the end of time. Continue in faith and rejoice in hope!

— Gerald Vandezande in Justice, Not Just Us
© Public Justice Resource Centre, 1999.

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