“Again Isaiah says, ‘THERE SHALL COME THE ROOT OF JESSE, AND HE WHO ARISES TO RULE OVER THE GENTILES, IN HIM SHALL THE GENTILES HOPE. ‘”
Far away, on a hill called the Mount of Olives, lies a garden full of ancient olive trees, dating from the time of Christ. Forty years after the Resurrection, the Romans burnt everything to the ground, but the Olive Trees’ roots were still alive. They grew again. Maybe other armies destroyed them, but they are still there today. Nothing can kill this grove of olives! And nothing can kill God’s promise.
Here’s why: Far away, in the same region, the prophet Isaiah promised, when things were very bleak, that although their kingdom was cut down, the Root of Jesse will survive. This was a direct prophecy about Jesus Christ, the descendant of David (Jesse’s son). Years later, this prophecy came true, and Jesus was born. God didn’t forget about that promise. He kept His word.
What’s more, He is coming! That’s what Advent means. Nothing can destroy this Root of Jesse! He is all powerful and will return soon to bring us home. Praise be to God, and Come Lord Jesus!
O Root of Jesse, our Savior, continue to grow in our hearts and branch out through your servants to all the world. Help us to rest in the promises made by prophets and fulfilled by you, so that we do not despair in times of trouble. You always keep your promise! Amen
Questions to Ponder:
- Dig further in Scriptures to know more. (2 Kings 19) What did God do to preserve Jerusalem and the Root of Jesse from Annihilation?
- What is God doing right now to protect you and your faith?
Pastor Alan Cummins, St. Paul’s, Remsen and Faith, Marcus