“The Lord Our Righteousness” is not a commonly known title for Jesus. But it is one of the most comforting.
It addresses one of our greatest needs – the need for righteousness. The dictionary defines righteousness as the state of being righteous. It then defines righteous as “acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin.” As this definition shows, righteousness is a different word for perfection.
And perfection is a great need because God commands perfection. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
These words of Jesus are so important. They set the standard for being acceptable to Heavenly Father. They, however, can easily cause some people to despair. Other people try to water them down by saying we are to become perfect – eventually.
Jesus’ words, however, are simple and clear. He commands us to be perfect right now, not sometime in the indefinite future. He says “be”. “Be perfect”. He couldn’t have been any clearer.
This is why Jesus’ title, “The Lord Our Righteousness” is so comforting. Jesus was born to do for us what we couldn’t do, namely, to live a perfect life. And that is what he did! He kept every single command of God perfectly. He didn’t slip up once. Speaking of Jesus, the writer to the Hebrews said, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15, emphasis added).
And his name, “The Lord Our Righteousness” emphasizes that he didn’t do it for himself! He did it for us. He wants us to have all the credit for his obedience to the law. He wants to cover us with his robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). He is the “The Lord OUR Righteousness.”
Here is the answer! This is how we can meet God’s standard of perfection right now! Only by covering ourselves completely with Christ’s righteousness, only by trusting solely in his obedience to the law, can we be perfect before God – right now.
We want you to know this eternal truth. We want you to have the wonderful peace, the complete assurance, the tremendous joy of being perfect in Christ. Right now.
Jesus’ words are important. He wants us to take him at his word. We invite you to read the four articles below to learn more.
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