Scripture Reading: (Isaiah 11:1-9)
My sister and I awoke one Christmas morning, rushed into the living room only to find that Santa had left us nothing, Nothing! After my Dad had a little fun teasing us, he suggested that Santa may have decided to drop off the presents at our new home that was being built just beside our trailer-home. We rushed over to the new house, flung open the door to the living room, and found that a tree had been erected beside the fireplace. It was glowing and twinkling with Christmas lights, and beneath it all, Santa had deposited our gifts. Our Christmas joy had been saved.
The Israelites had known the favor of the Lord, but that was all in the past. At the time of Isaiah’s prophecy, they were like children rushing into the living room hoping to find a miracle of salvation only to realize they were stuck in exile and bondage. Isaiah’s words; however, speak of a new hope. Maybe salvation did not completely miss them? “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” There was to be the coming of a Messiah, the Christ, the miracle of all miracles bringing salvation to all. Through Jesus, our Christmas joy has been found.