#DailyDevotion Jesus Is Our Righteousness
“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. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
Behold the days have come! The Lord has fulfilled his promise to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. The Lord is a God who makes promises and fulfills those promises. What promise is made? That he would send a messiah from the house of David. A righteous branch has sprung up for David. The Lord himself, righteous and true has united himself with the house of David. He has joined himself with David’s seed and taken on human flesh. The Lord has tabernacle himself and made himself a temple in the flesh of David.
In David’s flesh, the seed of David, the Lord, YHWH himself, has come down to execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his first advent Jesus who is this branch, the seed of David executed justice and righteousness in the land in the most peculiar way. Instead of banging heads and taking names he becomes the one whose head is banged and name is taken. He is brought to grief and shame for the sins of the people. Indeed he becomes the atoning sacrifice for the sin of the world.
Upon the tree of the cross the Branch receives in his flesh the due penalty for all our sins. The curse laid upon the people because of their sins is laid upon him. The death that is ours, the wages of our sins, Jesus pays with his life. The wrath of God is propitiated by the death of Jesus on the cross. Justice and righteousness has been executed in the land. Jesus becomes for us the Lord, YHWH, our righteousness. Through faith in Jesus’ work on the cross we receive his righteousness as our own. God credits our faith in Jesus as our righteousness.
Now Jesus is coming again a second time. When Jesus returns he is knocking heads and taking names. He will send his holy angels to go forth and root out all those who do evil and wickedness, namely those who refused to believe Jesus is their righteousness. If you don’t believe Jesus is your righteousness then you must answer for yourself concerning all the things to did, said and thought. The righteousness and justice the world wants will be accomplished in themselves. They will not be happy. But with all the wickedness and evil judged and removed from the earth, God’s people will dwell securely never to be assaulted by the evil and wickedness of others or their own for they will be made pure and holy. New and clean hearts will only dwell in his world and kingdom. It will bear the name of the one who saved and delivered them, “The Lord our righteousness.”
Heavenly Father, you have sent your righteous branch to have justice executed upon himself that he might become our righteousness. Grant us faith in Jesus by your Holy Spirit that his righteousness may be our own that on the day of second advent we may dwell in his kingdom securely. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.