“Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfil 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 forth 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.’
One of the chief glories of Advent is the opportunity it gives us to see how perfectly ready was the time when Jesus came to us in the flesh. It is astounding to see how many prophecies were fulfilled at His birth, how the Father had brought so many avenues into convergence in a stable in Bethlehem.
“The Lord our Righteousness.” We praise You, Father! Thousands of years pressing in upon one another that the cry of the human heart might be answered. Few humans even knew to ask for what we needed most … we needed to be “right with God.” In typical human-ness, men had been looking under every superstitious stone for a way to effect righteousness and to ward off evil, but to no avail, of course, for there is no holiness, there is no cleanness apart from faith in the God our Elohim, our Creator. The very search away from God demonstrates how deeply we need His righteousness alone.
May all the paths of our Christmas season and all those of the year ahead lead us into the perfections of Christ, into His faith and His love and His wisdom and His holiness. For us, for each of us singly, we may rejoice that the time is right. This is the only time we have. Lord God, save us to the uttermost, that we may dwell securely in our souls as well as in our holiday homes. Amen.