The Lord Our Righteousness


Sunset over Mountain RangeFrom Pastor’s Desk:

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (AMP) “Behold (listen closely), the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; And He will reign as King and act wisely And will do [those things that accomplish] justice and righteousness in the land. “In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called; ‘The Lord Our Righteousness.’

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The scriptures endorse this fact plainly enough. ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one’. (Romans 3:10-12 J.B. Phillips).

In no one else can salvation be found. For in all the world no other name has been given to men but this, and it is by this name that we must be saved!” (Acts 4:12 J.B. Phillips).

“I myself am the road,” replied Jesus, “and the truth and the life. No one approaches the Father except through me. (John 14:6 J.B. Phillips).

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him shall not be lost, but should have eternal life. You must understand that God has not sent his Son into the world to pass sentence upon it, but to save it—through him. (John 16-17 J.B. Phillips).

“The Lord Our Righteousness” conjures up a different denotation than one might expect. A glorious figure clothed in splendor would more in keeping with the imagery of the name. But He came as a baby, born rather precariously (according to the world), not having on splendid or glorious attire, but wrapped in “swaddling clothes” or, long, narrow strips of cloth.

He didn’t come in the form of what those who were waiting for Him might have thought. In fact, many still do not recognize Him because of the way He came. But, come He did.

Don’t labor with preconceived concepts of how He might look. Rather be established in the fact that He came, just as prophesy said He would.

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