Why Jesus: Jesus Does Not Retaliate

From a young age, we are taught fairness. We are quick to justify our actions towards someone else because “well…they did it first!” In the Old Testament, it was an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. People get what they deserve. Jesus, however, has a different idea of what it means to respond to those who have wronged us. When Jesus was crucified on the cross, he cried out, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” He set a new precedent for how we respond. A precedent where God is the judge, and where we are called to love and give grace to all people while serving them faithfully and generously. Retaliation is no longer found in the pain we inflict on someone but the grace we give to them.