Day 9 | The Righteous King
Reading: Isaiah 11:1–5
Every president, governor, senator, lawmaker, boss, school principal, and parent we’ve ever known has been a sinner. Have you ever thought about that? Not one of them has been perfect. Yet, each was invested with authority to make decisions, to judge, based on what they thought was right and wrong. Sometimes, people in authority knowingly make the wrong decision because it benefits them. Being sinners, though, they (and we) don’t always judge correctly. Sometimes we’re flat out wrong. We don’t always see the full picture of a story, we hear one side of the story, and we make our judgments, only to find out we should have listened to the other side of the story. But Jesus doesn’t have that problem.
The Bible says that Jesus, the coming King, will be a righteous King. Righteousness means to be correct, to meet the standard, or to uphold what is just—according to God’s standards, not ours. Isaiah 11 says that Jesus (the shoot from the stump of Jesse) will rule and judge righteously. How can he do this? First, He’s God in the flesh. He sees everything from God’s perspective, not our limited viewpoints. Second, Because He is God, he is sinless; therefore, his judgments are not hindered by sin. They are perfect. This gives us confidence. We can trust Jesus to uphold what is right and to reject what is wrong. And when he returns for his people, all of that will be made clear. Those who have trusted in Jesus as the only Righteous King will be upheld; and those who have rejected him, he will reject. The wicked will be exposed as those who did not have a heart after God, but those who love Jesus will be vindicated. Sometimes we don’t believe this; that’s why we seek revenge. But the Lord, who sees all things perfectly and judges righteously, tells us to leave the judgment up to him.
Question: Do you trust that Jesus will judge all things righteously? How does it bring peace to your heart knowing that he will?