Comforted by God through Christ’s redemption

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Monday: God and his righteousness is our treasure

Tuesday: we mourn about unrighteousness and suffering, but we have hope of comfort.

Wednesday: God our father provides our comfort through Christ our redeemer

Isaiah 40:1-3 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (2) Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. (3) A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

 

Matthew 3:1-3 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, (2) “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (3) For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.'”

What comfort? Jesus, God with us. With us in our sufferings, and on the cross, he was with us in our sin:

 

2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The righteousness Jesus said is necessary for us to experience God in charge here and now (the Kingdom of heaven at hand) was actually provided by Jesus.

 

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Because we have righteousness in Christ (by trusting in who he is and what he did), we are now free to grow up in righteousness. The point of the sermon on the mount is that grown up righteousness is where the blessed life with God is most fully experienced. That is a comfort, even as we struggle toward that maturity through spiritual disciplines and general afflictions from life.

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, (4) who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (5) For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

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