Thursday after Advent 4

Jeremiah 33:14-17
‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the Lord is our righteousness.’ For thus says the Lord, ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel.’

When it comes to Christmas, we tend to focus on the earthly birth of Jesus. And the Incarnation is extremely important. But Jesus didn’t just come to live thirty-three years and die. He rose again and ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God. And one day—no one knows when, but we know it will happen, He will assume His rightful place as ruler of His Kingdom. The promise was first made to Israel, but all Christians are grafted into Israel’s tree, so the promise is for us also. He will bring justice and righteousness—He will be our righteousness.

Thank You, Lord, that Jesus is coming again to reign over the whole world with justice and righteousness. Amazingly, all followers of Jesus will participate with Him in his rule. Maranatha, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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