The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promises I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.
From Genesis 12 (when God makes a covenant with Abraham) through the last chapter of Revelation, the story of God’s work throughout history has been about the fulfillment of a promise God makes to His people. This passage in Jeremiah paints a beautiful picture of the fulfillment of that promise that will come in a “righteous branch [that will] spring up from David’s offspring” (see 2 Sam. 7). As he writes to the Israelites (who have been exiled from Israel and punished for their unwillingness to be the people God called them to be), Jeremiah offers the people hope in the form of an image of a messiah that will come from David’s lineage.
The birth of Jesus represents the fulfillment of what Jeremiah could only talk about as a future event. The promises God made to the house of Israel and Judah (dating all the way back to Genesis 12!) have finally been fulfilled in the birth of a messiah who will bring justice and righteousness to a dark world that is desperate for light! As we move deeper into this season of Advent and prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus, be encouraged that just as God fulfilled his promise to deliver a messiah to His people, God will also deliver to us the promise of life. Death is not the end of our story!