Giving of gifts at Christmas:
- Giver usually has a relationship with receiver
- Gift given freely
- There is a pressure on the receiver to return a gift of equal worth. But, what if you cannot?
1. The standard: Jehovah Tsidkenu: “The LORD our Righteousness”
- Pronounced: juh-HO-vah tsid-KAY-noo”
- To declare righteous, justice, or innocence
2. Our realization: No one is righteous
Keeping the 10 commandments is not good enough!
“All our righteous acts are like filthy rags…” (Is. 64:6)
“Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” (Rom. 3:20)
All people sin and fall short of God’s glory, but God freely makes us righteous through faith in Jesus Christ.
God promised to send a king who will reign wisely and do what is right and just. The people will live in safety.
- God will raise up David – a righteous branch
- He will do what is just and right
- First coming – set up His reign in hearts of believers
- Second coming – execute justice and righteousness
- His name shall be the LORD Our Righteousness
Jesus is the King who would come from David’s line and is the one who imparts His righteousness to us
3. Trade in your old heart for a brand new heart
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
“I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:27)
- Heart of Stone – hard, deaf, immovable, cold to the voice and heart of God
- Heart of Flesh – transplanted, tender, receptive and responsive to the voice and heart of God
- No matter - your past
- You may start over with a fresh start
Q) Is there an area in your heart “stone cold” to God?
Q) How have I been resisting Him?
My: ___ Past, ___ Decision, ___ Job, ___ $, ___ Relationship
The Lord’s desire for you:
- I will give them an undivided heart (singleness of purpose) (Ez. 11:19-20)
- They will follow My ways
- They will be My people and I will be their God
4. Make The Great Exchange:
- Our sin for His righteousness
- Our sin was poured into Christ on the cross
- His righteousness was poured into us at conversion
- Our response is one of gratefulness and awe
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
(2 Cor. 5:21)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Is. 53:6)
Today, will you make the Great Exchange - your sin for His righteousness? Will you accept Christ as Savior and Lord?