#DailyDevotion Jesus Is “YHWH Is Our Righteousness”
Jeremiah 23:5 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
During the day of Jeremiah, Israel was long a byword. They had already been distributed among the nations and were no more by the Assyrians. Now Judah was threatened with the same thing by the Babylonians. The kings, elders, rulers, priests and prophets of Judah, the shepherds of Judah had let the people astray and abused them. God was going to take care of them that is bring many of them to certain death and a remnant would be brought to Babylon to serve the Babylonians. The Lord saves a remnant for the sake of his promise to Abraham and to David.
The Lord through Jeremiah tells those going into exile and those who are there to have hope. The Lord is going to raise up for David a righteous Branch. And the Lord has done this by raising up Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus of the house of David the Lord has set apart and has raised him up to the right hand of God where he reigns establishing among the people of earth a kingdom of royal priests. When he has completed his tasks of bringing to salvation all those appointed to life everlasting, Jesus shall visibly return to execute justice and righteousness upon the earth. Everyone who had rejected him and his gifts of mercy through his ambassadors shall receive in their flesh and souls all that is rightly due them.
Jesus who had been lifted high upon the cross though demonstrating what God’s righteousness requires also in that act made atonement for the sin of the world. Paul writes, 2Co 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” So now we are ambassadors for Christ proclaiming the gifts of his righteousness to all who would believe on Jesus. For Jesus is, “The Lord is our righteousness.” It is in that righteousness we stand before the judgment throne. Jesus became our sin so we may become his righteousness. This is the gift of God.
Peter writes, 2Pe 1:1 “Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:” Having been given the faith through the proclamation that Jesus is our righteousness we stand in his righteousness which is the righteousness of God. Now only in Jesus is Judah saved and Israel dwell securely. Indeed this was too small a thing so the Lord brought in the rest of the world and like Judah and Israel, through faith and baptism into Christ Jesus all who believe on him receive and become the righteousness of God because we dwell in the one who is “the Lord is our righteousness.” That Lord is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He calls to you today to put your trust in him and receive his righteousness.
Almighty God and Father, you raised up your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth to be the son of David, a righteous branch who is called, “the Lord is our righteousness.” Grant us such faith in him that we become his righteousness and are saved and dwell securely as your holy people on the day Jesus is revealed to the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.