And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
Without Christ we remain fallen, without hope.
It all started back in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Even ate from the Tree of Good and Evil. They fell from their relationship with God and the consequence was that they must die for their sin because they ate the fruit from that tree. God had told them ahead of time that eating the fruit from this particular tree was forbidden and had the consequence of death.
Not only were Adam and Eve without hope but their action left every single human being to be born after them without hope.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God had a plan after all. A redemptive plan to save us from the terrible consequence of sin.
A new tree springs forth out of the small stem of Jesse. A family line of obscurity, and of the youngest son, Jesse, a King is born. God gave hope where no hope was expected.
Today, you and I, obscure, unimportant, forgotten, yet not forgotten by God, we have a hope springing up, watered by the Living Waters of the baby Jesus, the Branch who gives us grace through His precious blood shed on another tree that gives eternal hope everlasting.
Today as we think of Advent, we think of the Coming of baby Jesus over 2000 years ago and yearn and wait expectantly for His triumphant Second Coming. His Return. Allow God to stir in you, His hope, His transformation of new life during this Season of expectancy.
How has God stirred hope in your heart and life?
You’ve just got to read this phenomenal story
of my band director and the song he continually
had in his heart to God be Praised!!
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