“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.'” – Jeremiah 33:14-16
Something innate within us longs for justice and righteousness. We each seem to carry a measuring rod that surveys the level of injustice and wrong in the world, most often the level of injustice that is being inflicted upon us. How have I been wronged lately? What pay raise has passed me by, who has cut me off in traffic? Minor injustices, really. And yet our bones seem to scream, It’s not fair!
Never mind the long list of injustices and wrongs that are committed daily, covered in the news and inflicted in secret, in the shadows of homes, in dark alleys, injustices that leave us paralyzed by helplessness.
These are the injustices we face that make the promises of the prophets, especially this one in Jeremiah, poignant. This righteous sprout will do what is right and just in the land. He will rescue us from the kingdom of injustice and deliver us into the kingdom of God. He will be called The Lord Our Righteous Savior, and the kingdom of God will descend to Earth.
Come, O Come, Emmanuel.