Isaiah 11:1-6 (New International Version) The Branch From Jesse
11 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.
The Children Will Lead
Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus. For my family, it takes a month or more to prepare for Christmas Day. We have gifts to buy, traditions to keep, certain recipes to prepare, and groceries to purchase just for the day. But it’s our children that keep us in wonder and excited anticipation of the season. They continually remind me if I forgot something or need to do something to get ready for Christmas.
In this passage of scripture, we are reminded of the promises Jesus gives us. The first five verses tell us where Jesus will come, and describe his nature, and his purposes. Each verse is powerfully loaded with the most beautiful description of our Savior, and explains why we rejoice and celebrate his birth. The last verse portrays what is to come. There will be peace like we have never experienced, and a child will lead. Once again, we will be led by children into the wonderment of God’s plan for us.
Do you have a child for a role model during the Advent season to help you prepare for Christmas?
PRAYER: Open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to experience Christmas anew this season. Let us see the season through the eyes of a child. Thank you, Lord, for reminding us that, no matter how old or how young, everyone has a special place in your kingdom. Amen.