Jeremiah warned the people of the coming doom brought on by their choices. Their wandering and lack of trust in God’s power and might brought destruction and exile in Babylon. Jeremiah also planted hope in them: in time the people would return home and find healing and forgiveness. God is certainly a God whose love never fails.
In Advent we often abandon our wandering ways and again seek to draw close to God. As we prayerfully wait to celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior, we wait with hope and expectation. We prepare ourselves for His arrival through a little extra study and prayer so that our heart and soul will be prepared to receive our King.
Jeremiah gave voice to God’s promise to the people headed into exile. God promised to raise a new branch out of David’s line. As impending doom lay on the horizon, how distant the glory days of King David must have seemed! I imagine some even hoped God would intervene with this kind and turn away the Babylonians. But this new King would be a King of peace and love, not power and might in earthly terms.
This future King would be called the “Lord Our Righteousness”. This King would be rule with peace, love, and justice. This new King would deliver and redeem the people not from worldly empires but from the power of sin and death. This new King would bring lasting peace within all who call on Him as Lord and Savior. We know this King. We await this King. We welcome this King. As Advent nears, we draw close, we connect to Him again, and we say, ” Come Lord Jesus, come.”
Scripture reference: Jeremiah 33: 14-16