Lo, He Comes! - The Branch

For Meditation 

Each week we are looking at one of the beautiful images from the book of Isaiah that the prophet uses to describe what the coming Messiah will be like.

In this particular passage this week, the image portrays the coming Messiah as a shoot or branch that comes from "the stump of Jesse." At the time of this writing, Israel was at a very low place in their history. It seemed they had nothing and no life left. The nation resembled a barren old stump in the ground.

Isaiah prophesied in this passage that a new shoot would come out of the stump, and this shoot will be the Messiah. This Messiah would receive anointing from the Holy Spirit, he would bring justice to the earth, especially for the weak and the poor, and he would fundamentally change the nature of creation itself, removing the curse of sin, and making all things new.

There are some ways that this amazing passage has already been fulfilled in the first coming of Jesus — and we’re gonna talk about those things. And there are other ways, that this passage has not yet been fulfilled, and we still anticipate in the second coming of Jesus, especially the renewal of all things.

We’ll look this week at the ways this passage was fulfilled the first time Jesus came, we’ll look at the ways this passage will be fulfilled the second time Jesus comes, and we’ll look at how we should be living in-between those two comings.

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Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
    with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
    with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
    and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
    and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
    their young will lie down together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
    and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.