walking through the advent together: day 6
‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah:
‘In those days and at that time
I will cause to grow up to David
A Branch of righteousness;
He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
In those days Judah will be saved,
And Jerusalem will dwell safely.
And this is the name by which she will be called:
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’ (Jeremiah 33:14-16)
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord — and these words keep coming back to me, holding a promise of a hope eternal this stump of a soul of mine desperately clings on to. We look at the darkness surrounding this season; the headlines on the news that break our heart time and again, before we have had the time to mourn the last occasion our hearts were broken. Our hearts are caged in — floundering against the bars in the darkness and hit after hit, this cage bruising the wings of our heart; but the broken pieces of hope falling off, hurt so much more.
Disobedience of humanity hurts, beloved. It always does. But the disobedience of humanity — consists of ours as well, even if it does come our broken hearts.
Behold, the days are coming — and they come when we let in the glorious light of the world, one that shines so bright it reaches every spot of our heart. That is when we see the heir of David, when we feel of the Branch of righteousness touch the depths of our soul and forth springs hope, rooted in love divine and grace unfolding. Only when we reach upwards, we let this translucent hope spread out and illuminate our hearts like candles on the cold winter nights. Because in those days and at that time, the heart that created ours, broke for our disobedience and in the math of this scandalous love story, one broken heart heals the hearts of humanity.
So feel the touch of the Love incarnate, hung on the cross for us to see — our soul redeemed and clothed in righteousness.
This is the name by which she will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness. Jesus Christ, our Righteousness personified and this we know — that just as Judah will be safe and Jerusalem will dwell safely, so will we. The story of the helpless babe born in a stable and laid in manger, the King of kings and Lord of lords, only to remind us now nothing stands between us and the hope of eternity, our iniquity washed away and our hearts made new by His love.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
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