Advent Season – Day 2

December 7, 2011

A new branch will grow from a stump of a tree; so a new king will come from the family of Jesse.  The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon that king. The Spirit will give him wisdom and understanding, guidance and power. The Spirit will teach him to know and respect the Lord.  Isaiah 11:1-2

Although the Christmas Tree itself may not have its original origin in Christianity.  It is a decoration that has evolved into celebrating the season. Some of our early church fathers established what was known as the Jesse Tree; a green branch, symbolizing the prophetic picture of Isaiah 11:1. 

During Advent, each day, a new ornament or symbol would be added to the tree or banner that represented this tree.  These ornaments were to represent the Old Testament events from Creation to the Birth of Jesus Christ; thereby connecting the faithfulness of God throughout the generations.

The tree acted as a genealogy, leading us back to our heavenly family roots. Roots are an important part of a tree.  And as people, we need to know our roots, as well. Often, we can run from one thing to another without reflecting on where we’ve been or where we are going.  The Jesse tree was meant to cause the church to stop and pause and look at our lives to see on whose shoulders we stand.

The Branch became a biblical sign of newness out of discouragement, which became a way to talk about the expected coming of the Messiah and His reign over the earth.  It is therefore an appropriate symbol of Jesus the Christ, who is the revelation of the grace and faithfulness of God.

This is what Christmas is all about; it is a time of anticipation and renewed hope, as we ponder on the grace and faithfulness of God.  

  • It is a season, to stop and reflect upon our beginning, so we can direct our becoming and fulfill our destiny as His children.
  •  It is meant to be a season of renewing our hope in God’s ability to cause new life to spring forth out of the darkness of humanity and the void that sin creates.  A hope that is firm and strong because we serve a God of integrity and truth.

And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.”  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:12-13

As you go about your day, let this season cause you to arise in the awareness that those who hope in God are never disappointed.

And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.

Romans 5:4-5

 


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