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January 7 – Christ’s justice and righteousness for Zion

“He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.” – Isaiah 33:5

Scripture reading: Psalm 27:1-14

The Lord’s Day is a great joy and blessing for us as we come into God’s presence in the Name and righteousness of Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus’ sacrifice that we have reconciliation and peace with God.

The Lord fills Zion with justice. Jesus is come with justice, by preaching it (Isaiah 61:1-2) and paying for our sins. All our law-breaking and sinfulness deserves the full wrath of God. Justice must be done for the sake of God’s glory and honour. Christ satisfies God’s justice by being punished under God’s wrath for us. Jesus reconciles us to God, having “justified us by His blood” (Romans 5:9); this is true, restorative justice.

The Lord also fills Zion with righteousness. Isaiah 32:17: “And the effect of righteousness will be peace and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” Jesus comes with righteousness. We cannot be accepted by God except through the righteousness of Christ. We cannot enter His presence without “clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:4). Since we do not have a righteousness of our own, we need Christ’s righteousness. Christ’s righteousness is given to us, or imputed to us, by faith.

Behold the mercy of God! As much as He is highly exalted over all His enemies, He is also exalted as the God Who sent His only begotten Son into our misery, our sorrows, to bear our sin, and deliver us in His justice and righteousness!

Suggestions for prayer

Thank the Lord for Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and praise the Lord Jesus for His righteousness. Ask the Lord for the Holy Spirit’s help to be joyfully prepared for worship today.

Rev. Todd De Rooy currently serves in Redeemer URC, in Orange City, Iowa. He has served there since being ordained in 2008. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at NTGDevotional.com.

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