Pastor’s Pen

“There’s nothing that our God can’t do, there’s not a mountain he can’t move…” These words from a song we sang in our January 21st service keep going through my mind, I love it!  My mind needs to focus on this powerful message as much as possible! It seems like negativity, doubt, and fear come so easily and naturally to my mind, but thoughts of faith, trust, and the awesome power of God take a concerted and diligent effort and a relentless, never back down attitude. Why? Because the devil, “like a roaring lion” is relentlessly trying to knock all of us down.

I recently read this prophecy in Jeremiah 23, written about 600 years B.C.:

5 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.” NIV

When we look back in history to try to identify who that King was, Jesus alone fits the entire description. Only Jesus is known as, “The LORD Our Righteousness.” 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” NIV

Jesus alone has been declared by God the Father our “righteousness,” meaning, “When you put your faith in Jesus Christ, His righteousness is put into your account and you are declared righteous before God.”  (The Bible Exposition Commentary) 2 Corinthians 5:21 declares, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” NIV

To understand how that happened we have to go back to the Garden of Gethsemane just outside the city of Jerusalem, back to that Roman controlled city in about 33 A.D., and back to a place called “Golgotha” where three Roman execution crosses are awaiting their next victim just outside the city walls. This time the accused really is innocent of the charges, but instead of demanding his right to speak and defend himself, as all of us would do, he says little to nothing and commits himself into His Father’s hands for, “…not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42).

Those were very dark days in Jerusalem when Jeremiah spoke this prophecy, but “…no matter how dark the day may be, God sends the light of hope through His promises. The godly remnant in Judah must have been encouraged when they heard Jeremiah’s words, and the promises must have sustained them during the difficult days of the Captivity.” The word “remnant” is found 19 times in Jeremiah, 19 times the “weeping prophet” lifts his sorrow-filled eyes toward heaven and declares a promise of restoration and hope. And no prophetical words could give more hope than this name, “The LORD Our Righteousness!” The One we know of as Jesus would take our sin upon himself on that cross and give his life for our punishment and in return give us who believe his righteous relationship with His Father!  

But as if moving that mountain were not enough, he also promises a last days restoration on earth for the nation of Israel. “The return of the Jews to their land after the Captivity was but a foreshadowing of the great worldwide regathering that will occur in the last days when “He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt 24:31).” (The Bible Exposition Commentary)

I hope you’ll sing this with me now, ‘There’s nothing that our God can’t do, there’s no mountain that he can’t move.”