Investing in Christmas, Day 5-Rightly Righteous

Righteous. We don’t use that word much anymore.

When I was younger, it was slang for cool.

But what does it really mean? One definition said, “morally right.” Another added “without guilt of sin.”

The Bible uses that word a lot. Mostly about God. Often about Christ. Even about those who’ve placed their faith in Christ.

What does it mean for believers to be righteous? Positionally we are righteous before God through Christ’s atoning work. Scripture also says to work out your salvation with fear and trembling for God is at work in you.

Today, we’ll invest in Christmas by following the trail of clues to the Righteous One in the Old Testament. Psalm 22: 29-31 says, “All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him–those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn–for he has done it.” NIV

One day, Christ will rule. He will rule righteously. No one can make excuses then.

Today’s assignment is short. Worship the Righteous One in song. It’s an old Christmas Carol written by Charles Wesley. “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

Here’s verse 3:

Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,

Risen with healing in his wings.

Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth.

Hark the herald angels sing:

Glory to the newborn King.

Worship the King now, friend. Don’t worry if you sing in tune, The Righteous One has a tuner that is hooked up to your heart.

Check out this verse from Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (NIV) “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteousness.

See you tomorrow.


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