The prophet Jeremiah foretold of Jesus, the Righteous King who would bring justice and security to His people. Jesus has fulfilled these words in ways that stretch beyond the chosen people’s wildest imagination—He reigns eternally over all things and will ultimately bring justice, not only for His people, but to the ends of the earth when He returns for us. Jesus, the Righteous King, reigns in us, and He has wrapped us securely in His righteousness. What does it mean for His 21st century followers to live justly as we pursue His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)? During this time of year, how will you invite someone to experience the security of living under Jesus’ reign?
Jesus is God’s Messiah (“anointed, or chosen one”), who came into our world as our only rescuer and savior. This season of “Advent” is a time of preparing to celebrate His coming, and a time when we look forward to His coming again when He will restore all things. We follow in Jesus’ footsteps because He has been revealed as our Lord and King, and His Spirit has worked in our hearts so that we trust in Him. Hundreds of years before His coming, God’s prophets foretold the Messiah’s coming. These prophesies still speak to us at 21st Century Jesus-followers. These holy words identify Jesus as the One who was to come, bringing us assurance and hope. These words move us to serve Jesus in the purity and joy we have as His followers. They even point to His promises to bring us His peace and His presence in our day.