Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. ~Jeremiah 23:5-6
Today is the Lord’s Day, and as such, we celebrate it by worshipping our Lord in church. Church is the place where God’s people assemble at a specific location to exalt the Lord through song, service, and the preaching of the Scriptures. Psalm 113:3 says, “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.” Our Lord Jesus has many wonderful names ascribed to Him that speak of His attributes. One of these names is the subject of our devotion: Jehovah-Tsidkenu, or “the Lord Our Righteousness.” Let us see the meaning associated with this wonderful name.
We see a perpetual RULER.
Zedekiah was the king of Judah at the time God spoke to Jeremiah. Zedekiah was a failed monarch. God told him that the Babylonians would overtake Jerusalem, kill his sons before his eyes, gouge his eyes out, and take him as one of their captives to Babylon. The prophetic message struck terror and hopelessness in the heart of Jeremiah. God gave Jeremiah the message contained in verse 5-6 to give him hope and assurance that there was still one more King in David’s lineage. This King would not be failure. This King would continue the lineage of David, but He would also be a perpetual, everlasting King. He would be a King that would execute true justice and judgment. He would be a King that would make all wrong right, and would never fail. This coming King is none other than the Lord Jesus! “…Of his kingdom there shall be no end,” (Luke 1:33) and “the government shall be upon his shoulder” (Isa. 9:6). His kingdom shall reign and prosper because He sits on the throne as the one and only true Lord. “The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land,” Ps. 10:16.
We see a powerful RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Our Lord Jesus is the only One Who can be fittingly called “the Lord Our Righteousness.” Righteousness is being just like God in nature. As sinners, we fall short of the glory of God. Among the sons of men there is none righteous; no, not one. Being righteous, Jesus is sinless, separate from sinners, and undefiled. As our sinless substitute for sin, He bore our sins in His own body on the tree. He alone is uniquely qualified to redeem us from the curse of sin. He became sin for us Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Thus, He is the Lord Our Righteousness. We are unrighteous, and unable to satisfy God’s demands for sin through our works. We can only attain righteousness with God through faith in Jesus. “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” Phil. 3:9. This wonderful ascription, “the Lord Our Righteousness,” is the hope for every believer’s eternal security. Take a moment, and see our Jesus Who is righteous in His Person, His performance, and His perpetuity! What a powerful righteousness!
We see a personal RELATIONSHIP.
Notice, He is the Lord OUR Righteousness. The righteousness which is by faith necessitates a personal relationship with the Lord! We come to Jesus through faith in His shed blood and death on the cross for us. He stands forever as our Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us,” Rom. 8:34. This personal relationship is our hope for the end of our salvation, even our faith. His righteousness helps us to see the necessity of being holy, even as He is holy.
This morning, live victoriously because of Who Jesus is! Jesus cannot, and will not, fail us! “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord,” Rom. 5:21. Lift Him up Who is the Lord Our Righteousness!
Have a Christ-satisfying God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Kings 23-25