Isaiah 11 :: December 11, 2016
Week #3: Faultless Justice
“Advent” means “coming.” Christmas is coming. Jesus has come and is coming again.
During this year’s Advent season, we are reflecting together on the ancient promise of the Messiah prophesied in the eleventh chapter of Isaiah. Isaiah predicts:
[READ ISAIAH 11:1 AND RE-LIGHT FIRST CANDLE.]
Our first candle was a candle of persistent promise. Even though David’s royal dynasty had dwindled to almost nothing, God was still at work. A new anointed king would appear, a tender shoot sticking up from the stump of Jesse.
We know that this slender twig is Jesus Christ.
[RE-LIGHT SECOND CANDLE.]
Our second candle was a candle of spiritual power. The shoot from the stump of Jesse will not be small forever. Through the fullness of the Spirit, it will grow to be a powerful tree that will tower over the ages and never be toppled.
The Messiah’s rule will be characterized by the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. In all of His decisions, He will never make a mistake. Isaiah writes:
[READ ISAIAH 11:3-5 AND LIGHT THIRD CANDLE.]
Our third candle is a candle of faultless justice.
How wonderful it will be for Jesus to reign on Earth! He will never blunder, or bungle, or mishandle any situation. He will always choose what is right, and just, and righteous.
King Jesus will never be fooled or misguided or duped. He will never be confused, befuddled, or confounded. How happy will His people be to live in an eternal kingdom with no injustice!
Let us long for the kingdom of faultless justice. May His Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven.