Our Righteousness

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Jeremiah 23:5-6

5 "The days are coming," declares the LORD,       
"when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch,       
a King who will reign wisely       
and do what is just and right in the land.    

6 In his days Judah will be saved       
and Israel will live in safety.       
This is the name by which he will be called:       
The LORD Our Righteousness.

I’m really starting to dig the Old Testament prophets! In Jeremiah 23:5-6 the prophet Jeremiah talks about a King that would come and bring salvation and safety to God’s people. When we turn to the New Testament we find out that God did in fact fulfill that promise by sending His only Son, Jesus. Today, we stand on the accomplished side of God’s promise!   

Jeremiah refers to this King as “The Lord Our Righteousness.” I love this name. I think it is good for us to consider some of the lesser-known and lesser-used names for Jesus to help us remember the nature of who He is and what He has done. Jesus is “The Lord,” meaning He is our leader and master and we live to serve Him. He is also “Our Righteousness” meaning He serves as our righteousness before God. This is a huge concept. This radically turns nearly every world religion on its head – being “good enough” on our own is not required to be right with God.  We have a Savior who IS our Righteousness!   

This truth needs to live in the front of our minds. In our daily relationship with God we must be reminded that there is NO righteousness on our own. If we claim that we are followers of Jesus then we have given up our attempts at self-righteousness and depend fully on “The Lord Our Righteousness.”  The convicting part of this truth is that every attempt at self-righteousness is an arrogant denial of Jesus as Lord.  Self-righteousness says, “I don’t need you, Jesus – I’ll please God on my own.”  We need a fresh reminder of how poor we are apart from Christ and rich we are when we rest in Him. I pray today that we will live in complete dependence on Jesus, “The Lord Our Righteousness.”  

I hope this makes sense. AS
Posted by Andy Savage at 8:18 AM
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