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Perversion of Justice Isaiah 52:13–53:12

Perversion of Justice

Jesus’ arrest, trial and execution were a perversion of justice. But that didn’t stop him from bringing redemption to the world. The injustices we face shouldn’t stop us from behaving in redemptive ways either.

At a Glance

It’s a familiar story: DNA evidence exonerates someone who’s been languishing in prison for years, or even been on death row. But today’s text highlights perhaps the greatest example of justice perverted — and the victim forgave the perpetrators.


Editors’ Pick

For a different approach pertaining to another Good Friday text, see “CSI: Cross-Scene Investigation,” March 25, 2005.


“Perversion of justice.”

This phrase appears in today’s reading from Isaiah. It’s a troubling phrase because it means someone has been mangled by a system that should’ve provided protection from exactly such a mangling.

If you Google “perversion of justice,” you’ll come up with a disturbing number of examples of people whom justice not only failed to protect but also did them significant harm. One site contains a list titled “10 Notorious Criminals Proven Innocent After Execution.” That list goes back quite a way, but one example from 1887 seems particularly flagrant.

It concerns a man named William...















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