Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 23:5-8
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 8:9-9:7; 1 Peter 4:1-19
“Judah will be saved in His days and Israel will dwell safely. And this is the Name by which He will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness’” (Jeremiah 23:6).
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Jesus is coming! Judah will be saved from her sins. Jesus is coming! Israel will finally be safe from the consequences the judgment of God. Jesus is coming! You are righteous!
No longer will we look at the Scriptures and say, “The Lord Jesus brought them out of Egypt.” No! From now on we will say, “The Lord saved me! He saved me from all that has enslaved me!”
What Gospel! Jesus does better than just saving you from slavery in Egypt like He did for the children of God in the Old Testament! He saves you from your sins! He rescues from death! He redeems you from the power of the devil!
It isn’t just that you might have eternal life. You aren’t just possibly going to see heaven, if you live right. No! You are saved today! You will be in heaven on the Last Day. Heaven is right now a reality for you by faith. He is righteous. In His righteousness, you have eternal life, salvation, and heaven.
God doesn’t lighten His Law. No, He lays out His holy and pure Law. “My commandments are righteous. Your sins are not. Do what I say and live; don’t do and die.” Then Jesus does the Law for us to save us from the condemnation of the Law. He takes the punishment we deserve and suffers and dies for it. On the Third Day, He rose from the dead. In His coming to you in the waters of Holy Baptism, you rise from the dead with Him.
He is your righteousness before God. He is your righteousness before others. He is their righteousness before you and others. You don’t earn God’s favor. They don’t earn God’s favor. Only in Jesus, in His righteousness, are we righteousness before God and those around us.
Jesus is coming! Today, He tells you that He’s got this gift for you in Advent: He Himself is your righteousness. You need nothing else before God and those around you. You have Jesus Himself. He is your righteousness. He saves you in His coming. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt
Savior of the nations, come, Virgin’s Son, make here Your home! Marvel now, O heav’n and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth. (Savior of the Nations, Come, LSB 332:1)