Advent Prophecies - From the Stump of Jesse
As we continue to explore these Advent prophecies, we are reminded of the extravagant love of the Father. We see the measure he goes to draw people to his heart.
In Isaiah 11:1-2, Jesus was said to come from the stump of Jesse. “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 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 the fear of the Lord.”
This prophecy speaks to the fact that Jesus will not only come from Bethlehem, but from the seed of King David, the son of Jesse.
In 2 Samuel 7, the prophet Nathan speaks to King David and predicts that the coming of Jesus will be through David’s lineage: “When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom…And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.”
Jesus fulfills this prophecy. Jesus lived the life that Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaach, Jacob, Judah, Jesse, David, and so many others in his lineage could not accomplish. Jesus established his kingdom that will never end.
Let us remember in this Advent season that the many prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament have already been fulfilled. Interestingly, in the New Testament, there are eight times more prophecies about his Second Coming.
This should increase our faith that Jesus’s imminent return is assured. It should transform our minds to think with hope.
If you have never been awakened to this message, today is the day to put your faith in Jesus and be saved.
Jesus came once. He is coming back again!