The Gospel Came to You: A Righteous Branch

By Mike Pettengill, Dec 6, 2018

The following is an excerpt from The Gospel Came to You: Daily Reflections for Advent entitled "Righteous Branch."  

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”
- Jeremiah 23:5

The branch of a tree bears its fruit and sustains the life of the tree. The term branch holds great significance throughout the Bible. The term is used literally, symbolically and metaphorically over 100 times in Scripture. The branch referred to in this passage will ultimately bear fruit which will unite God with his people forever.

We understand Jeremiah’s prophecy to be of the Messiah who is called the branch. Here the anticipated Messiah is called the righteous branch, not only because he himself was righteous, but because he will make his people righteous. The author is holding out hope that the remnant of the flock will be re-gathered, and God will put a new and righteous king on David’s throne.

The promises contained in the Old Testament hinge on the coming of the Messiah who would rule as king from the line of David. It was promised that he would conquer the enemies of God’s people and bring righteousness and peace for all eternity. The Messiah would usher in all of God’s promises.

The followers of Christ have great assurance God has honored his covenant with David and Jesus is the righteous Branch which grafts believers into a relationship with the Creator. Jesus is the foretold Messiah. Jeremiah, who served as both a priest and prophet, foretold of the coming Messiah nearly six centuries before the birth of Jesus. Two thousand years later Christians gain great assurance in knowing it is our Lord who fulfilled the prophecy and reigns today as King.

“‘He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’”
- Luke 1:32-33

“How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.” - Benjamin Franklin

PRAY: Thank you God for establishing prophecy of the Messiah and thousands of years later fulfilling that prophecy with the arrival of your son, Jesus. Thank you for connecting your son to the royal and priestly lineage of Israel and thus adding us, his disciples, into the heredity of your elect people.

Mike Pettengill started writing The Gospel Came to You: Daily Reflections for Advent while serving as a missionary in Honduras and completed the writing while serving Jesus in Equatorial Guinea. Today Mike serves as MTW's West Coast hub director. 

Please login to continue
Forgot your password?
Recover it here.
Don't have an account?
Create an Account
Sign Up for Free
Choose Password
Confirm Password


Cultivate: Creating a Culture of Missions At Your Church
Hospitality and Administration
Serve Missionary Families
Mission Trips

Mentorship and Mission: Insights From Summer Interns (VIDEO)

MTW interns share about their experience serving cross-culturally in Belgium this summer.


Sarah Young: The Story of God’s Hand on My Mom’s Life

Mom's life reflected an unwavering devotion to prayer, deep Bible study, and writings that served as a conduit to draw people closer to God.


Crates for Ukraine 3.0: Calling All Churches, Youth Groups, and Galvanizers (VIDEO)

MTW Ukraine is getting more requests for med kits, vitamins, and winter wear right now than any other time in the war. Will you help again?


Pray for our single missionaries serving internationally in the midst of their unique struggles. 

Pray for missionaries to remain faithful in the mundane and not get caught up in striving to perform for the praise of others. 

Pray for missionaries who are doing valuable work yet have trouble raising support because their work or field is deemed less exciting or less important than other mission work by some in the church. 

Pray for missionaries raising support and for potential donors to grasp the eternal importance of supporting missions.

Pray for missionaries who are experiencing homesickness on the field.

Please pray for God’s protection over new missionaries and our MTW family as we engage in God’s kingdom work.

Pray for current missionaries, future missionaries, sending churches, and donors to be willing to ask the question, "How could God use me?"

Pray for missionaries on the field who struggle with loneliness.

Pray for those who spent their summer on an MTW summer internship and have now returned home. Pray that God would use their deepened hearts for missions for His glory. 

Give thanks for faithful servants who have lived a life of service to Christ, and in death leave a legacy of hope. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints (Ps. 116:15).


Good news in your inbox, once per week.