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November 30 – Celebrating “Christmas,” The Coming Of Christ

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill 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 up 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.'”  Jer. 33:14-16

Devotional Thought For The Day

Do you remember?  God remembered His promise made to His people of old, to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, to all the patriarchs, to all human beings – the promise of a “Seed” in whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed [Gen. 3:14; Gen. 22:18].  God repeated His promise numerous times, through all the prophets, including Jeremiah. He fulfilled these promises in the conception, birth, life, suffering, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The New Testament contains the glorious record of this fulfillment, and its meaning for the eternal life of all those who put their faith and trust in His gracious mercy, forgiveness, redemption, and salvation in Christ Jesus.  Jeremiah reminds us that Christ came to “execute justice and righteousness in the land.”  He suffered the just punishment for all our sins, as “the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.” [Jn. 1:29]  He provided us with righteousness, His own perfect righteousness accounted to all who believe in His gracious gift of redemption, as Abraham did [Gen. 15:6].

This is in fact the “name” by which His people, His church is called [the first believers, Adam and Eve, and all subsequent believers, especially after the coming of Christ] – “the LORD is our righteousness.” These are not my words, or just Jeremiah’s words – this is the revelation and declaration of God Himself, in His Holy and precious Word [“declares the LORD”].  “The LORD is our righteousness.”  All because of the coming of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His offering up of Himself on the cross as “the blood atonement for our sins, and not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” [1 Jn. 2:2] Because of this we are “saved” and “dwell securely.”  We live in God’s gracious mercy and love, assured of our redemption and His gift of salvation and eternal life – all because God fulfilled His promise and sent His Son as “the Righteous branch of David” to be our Savior.

Do you remember?  The season of Advent in the life of the church, which begins this coming Sunday, is a reminder, a three week opportunity for us to remember and reflect upon the blessedness that has come upon the whole world, every human being, in the coming of Christ, which we celebrate at Christmas. It is impossible to cram in recollection and explanation of all of this blessedness in such a short period of time – indeed the whole year is not time enough, or even a lifetime.  But it is at least a start, and hopefully a very intense recollection of the wonders of God’s love in Christ Jesus – which includes also numerous loving and strengthening promises from God regarding our life in this world and in the age to come, beyond death.  I hope and pray that it will be such for each of you during the next month – and throughout the rest of your days upon the earth.

God remembers His promises and fulfills them – all of them, faithfully and inexorably.  Once He has spoken it is as good as done.  “The LORD is our righteousness” and our salvation.  All of this blessedness can and often is buried under all of the cultural accretions and the sheer press of everyday life, our responsibilities and concerns – including “shopping,” which seems to be our chief concern with the season.  It can be virtually obscured and hidden – so that Christmas becomes mundane, unimpressive, and unimportant, or perhaps even more of a bother than blessed celebration of great joy.  So you “remember” God’s promises, His assertions, the fulfillment in Christ Jesus, and the awesome good and blessedness that is ours in the coming of Jesus.  You remember also His many promises for this life and the next.  You remember and reflect upon the blessedness that “the LORD is our righteousness.”  The next month will not be time enough to fit it all in, but we can at least do the best we can – and make this Christmas season an intense experience of God’s great love for us in Christ Jesus.  May He grant it to us all!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, no human praise and glory can fully acknowledge and thank You for the blessings You have brought to us in Your incarnation and Your work for our salvation.  Help us to grow in grasping and remembering and living in the wonders of Your love. May our celebration of Your coming fill us with all the blessing You seek for us to have, and may this celebrating continue in us until the Day of Your blessed return in glory.  Amen.