Do you ever get depressed by how things are going in this world? Does the injustice to the poor sadden you? You are not alone. God sees all of this and is bringing His solution. One day soon, Jesus will return to the earth and bring justice. He will bring peace, and His people will rejoice. Don’t lose hope. Look for God’s coming justice.
“In those days and at that time I will cause a Righteous Branch to sprout up for David, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land.”
Foretold Long Ago
Jeremiah was a prophet. He spent most of his time telling the leadership of Israel where it had gone wrong and the judgment God was bringing as a result. From time to time, he also would prophesy about the coming Messiah. This verse is part of one of those sections. Here he is telling the people about a future ruler, out of the house of David, who will bring justice and righteousness to the land. It is verses like these that Israel clung to when the oppression of Rome got to be too much. They thought for sure the Messiah would liberate them and reestablish the glory of Israel as in the days of David and Solomon. That wasn’t God’s plan.
This verse hasn’t been fulfilled yet. There is no justice or righteousness in the world today. Nations war against each other, and corrupt rulers oppress their people. When Jesus returns a second time, He will set up His kingdom in Jerusalem and not only bring peace to Israel but to the whole world. His followers will rule with Him, and the nations of the earth will seek His counsel. It will be a glorious time.
God’s Coming Justice
Until Christ returns, we have His righteousness inside of us. It was deposited into our lives when we accepted Jesus Christ as our savior. This free gift changes our lives, and in turn, we are to let it impact others. We are to show justice to those with whom we come in contact. In a hurting world, this can be one of the most important witnessing tools we possess.