Our True Hope Day 4: Our Righteous One
Bible Reading: Jeremiah 23:5-6, Jeremiah 33:14-16.
When God speaks a word, we know it will happen. When God speaks it twice and three times, we know there is no way it can be changed. God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah on two separate occasions. Once recorded in Chapter 23, and again in 33, almost word for word. And the word was spoken that a Righteous Branch will come from David’s offspring! This sounds very similar to Isaiah 11:1 of yesterday’s reading!
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”
This Promise God keeps repeating, “I am sending a Righteous One”. We know that God is speaking of the Messiah to come. And as we read these prophecies written hundreds of years before Jesus was born, they tell not only of His coming but why He is coming!
God’s people will be saved (Jeremiah 33:16)! And what will his name be? “And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ (Jeremiah 23:6, 33:16). Why is that name significant to us? Because the greatest thing Jesus gives us is not forgiveness, but righteousness. Yes, I am thankful that we receive forgiveness, but I am even more thankful that as we believe in Jesus, He makes us righteous.
The promise of Jesus coming is the fulfilled promise of God to make us righteousness. It is the greatest gift we receive in Christ. “For our sake, He (God) made Him (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21. Through faith in Jesus, we become the righteousness of God, and righteousness is what brings us close to God.
Question to Consider: Am I trying to earn my own righteousness or have I received the righteousness of Jesus?
Additional Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21