Jeremiah 23:5-6 – “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. 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.”
I have heard it said that the most easily proved doctrine in all the Bible is the depravity of man. The word of God makes it plain to us that all of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:7-10; etc.). There is no person, with the exception of God’s own Son, who has ever lived a life of total, God-like perfection. And, I would imagine that, if you are honest with yourself as you read this writing, you too will readily admit that your life, while not as bad as it could be, is most certainly not as perfect as God.
What makes this verse stand out so much to me is the name that is predicted for the coming descendant of David. In Jeremiah 23:5-6, God promises that, someday, he will raise up a branch from the line of David who will rule Israel with righteousness. That descendant of David will be called “The Lord our righteousness.” And, if you know your Bible even a little, you should be able to connect this prophecy with the coming of Jesus, God’s own Son.
Jesus was born, on the earthly side, as a descendant of David’s through his mother, Mary. However, Jesus is also God the Son, God come down to earth. Jesus is the Lord. He is also the promised king. He lived perfectly. He lived with the righteousness that only God could live.
Now, for you and me, we are sinful. We mess up. We fail. What we need from God, more than anything else in the whole world, is for God to do something so that we can be made righteous enough to live in his kingdom and to forgive us for our sins. Jesus is not only called the Lord. He is called the Lord our righteousness. Jesus, came to earth to die as a sacrifice for our sins and to give to us the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is why this verse stands out to me so much: Jesus is not only God; he is God our righteousness.
Today, take a moment to give Jesus thanks for fulfilling the prophecy of Jeremiah 23:5-6. HE came to be our ruler. He came to b our King. But, thankfully, he also came to be the Lord our righteousness—to give us the righteousness that none of us has ever been able to live on our own.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for being “the Lord my Righteousness.” I am not righteous on my own. I have sinned against you and against others. I thank you that you, Lord Jesus, came to die as my sacrificial substitute. I thank you that you also came to give to me a righteousness that I could never live, your righteousness. You are my only hope for righteousness, and I thank you that you have been so kind as to give me that righteousness.