After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
When we think of the righteousness of Christ, probably the first thing that comes to mind is the sinlessness of Jesus. That is, after all, the reason that Christ is righteous.
Jesus’ sinlessness is important and a major part of Christian theology. What we don’t think about is how Christ’s righteousness is given to us. As the verse above says, “my righteous servant will justify many.” To justify is to make right.
Righteousness is something that God is able to transfer or give as He chooses. Genesis 15:6 tells us that this comes by faith. “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.”
Today, we receive righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ and we receive grace, which is the righteousness of Christ. Grace can easily be remembered as the acronym God’s Righteousness At Christ’s Expense.
Because Jesus was righteous, we too can be righteous through our belief in Him. We are unable of living a sinless life but Jesus did it for us and paid the penalty that we deserved instead.