What makes you angry? Lots of things in life can irritate all of us, and maybe we get a little annoyed at others. Then there are things that get under our skin and frustrate us, but if you are like most normal people, there are not a lot of things in life that make you truly angry. I don't know if you are like me on this, but the one thing that can really make me angry is injustice.
There is something in me that wells up rather quickly when I see it happening to someone else, and when it happens to me I can feel my blood begin to boil within moments. Things like bullying fall into this category, where one person uses their advantage in size, strength, or position to do to someone else what they would never want done to them. Injustice takes what I perceive as a balanced world, turns it askew, and makes me feel like I'm somehow walking and looking at everything at a 45 degree angle, and I'm going to just have to live with it this way from now on. I find it extremely difficult to bear this perception, and everything within me screams out to set things back into balance again.
When I witness injustice, I overwhelmingly feel an obligation to do something about it. I also know now that when it happens to me, my mind will never let it go until "justice is served" somehow. If I could, whenever I experience injustice personally, I would reverse the events themselves, or do whatever it took to erase any and all evidence of the existence of the injustice. In spending time thinking about these things, it gave me a new possible perspective on the motivations of God and salvation.
Typically, when I think about sin and salvation and the redemption Christ offered through the cross, I have always felt I could not comprehend the motivation for the sacrifice made. Salvation for me has always represented an injustice itself. The One who was perfectly innocent dying for the perfectly guilty? How could a just God of perfect judgement ever come to a point where that made any sense at all? This perspective, however, assumes that sin came first, but that is not the case.
In the beginning, God had a perfect friendship with mankind. There was no sin on earth. Everything was as it should be, but then it all changed. Sin came and ended that close friendship with His creation. With sin entering the picture, a perfect holy God was forced to separate Himself from a personal relationship with mankind, and God was robbed - an injustice had occurred, if you will, and a just God could not tolerate the injustice.
The perfection of His creation had been purposely broken, stained, bullied, and abused and a just God demanded justice to restore what was lost back to Himself. However, the justice required in this situation would ultimately destroy what He wanted in the first place. God wanted justice, and He wanted the relationship restored with mankind, not permanently destroyed. The only way this could be accomplished was through a Redeemer - One who would accomplish both the payment for sin while simultaneously standing in place of the guilty. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the ultimate justice would be served to overturn the first injustice done against God and still accomplish the desired outcome - the restoration of a connection between the Creator and His creation.
Having experienced the inner turmoil of injustice recently, I can begin to understand the strong desire for the fractured imbalance that had to be set right again. With this perspective I understand that God's sacrifice for mankind was not motivated by a desire to pay for sins penalty, but God's motivation was the preexisting eternal love for His creation, for me, and for you.