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Christ Our Righteousness

    A Bible passage that has become increasingly precious to me is 1 Corinthians 1:30-31.  “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”  What I especially treasure is its teaching that Jesus has become our righteousness.

     Righteousness is an important biblical word, but one that a lot of people aren’t that familiar with because it is not used that often outside of religious discussions.  I confirmed that by googling it.  Almost all the references that came up placed it in a religious context.  My dictionary defines it as acting according to what is right, being upright.

     That is why I so treasure the above quoted passage.  As the years go by, I am increasingly aware of my failure to always act uprightly, to act righteously.  The battle between flesh and Spirit that Paul describes in Galatians is something I feel regularly.  (“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” 5:17). No matter how hard I try to lead a Christ-centered life, I find myself putting self in the center.  No matter how hard I try to always be patient and joyful, I find myself still being impatient and moody.  On and on it goes.

     What a relief – what a joy it is, then, to be told that Jesus has become our righteousness.  Not only did Jesus die in my place, he also lived in my place – as my Substitute.  All his perfect and righteous thoughts, words, and actions are credited to my account.  Not only did he undo what I did, he also did what I didn’t do.  As God now looks at my account, He doesn’t see any debts since they were erased by Jesus’ blood.  Instead all he sees is righteousness – the righteousness of Jesus that has been credited to me.

     No wonder the Bible says, “He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”  To Jesus, my Savior, my Righteousness, – be all glory!


Have A Wonderful Christmas in Christ


     For many people, Christmas is a wonderful time.  But for a lot of people, Christmas is not so great.  Without fail, every Christmas, I, as a pastor, have people contacting me because they are struggling with the holidays.  This year is no exception.

     So how can we help people who are having a blue Christmas?  Downplaying their problems isn’t very effective – or realistic.  Giving them a self-help program usually only increases the pressure they are feeling.  Telling them to buck up often results in their giving up. 

     What helps is turning them away from themselves to Jesus.  Showing them that the name Jesus means Savior “for he shall save his people from their sins”. (Luke 1:21)   Showing them how Jesus saved them by keeping the law perfectly for them and washing all their sins away with his blood.  Showing them the tremendous light at the end of the tunnel – a wonderful life of living with him for all eternity in heaven – a light that he lit by coming to earth as our Savior.  Showing them that he has promised to make all things work out for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).  The more we focus others to Jesus, the more we focus ourselves to Jesus, the more we will be filled with peace and contentment – even when storms are raging around us. 

     It is my prayer that you have a wonderful Christmas in Christ – in his love, in his forgiveness, in his salvation, in his coming.

May 2020

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