The promise of a new life
A long time ago the royal house of David stood in the centre of the entire country like a proud tree-trunk with a high top. All of this beauty was felled in the fullness of time. The house of David was dilapidated and its glory had wained. All that remained was to be found in Mary, in whose veins the ancient, noble blood still flowed, but who was reduced to such a state of humiliation in the world that she could not believe that God would esteem her enough to make her the mother of His Son!
And yet, through God’s omnipotence and mercy, a shoot came up from the meagre remains of the once powerful house of David. This “shoot” that Isaiah prophesies of is no one else than Jesus Christ. This humble shoot became an ineradicable and mighty trunk which spread out its branches to the ends of the earth. The Child in the manger grew up to become the way, the truth and the life. He brandished the sceptre over the entire earth and his reign knows no bounds.
With the approaching Christ-feast, we must once again assess our personal relationship with Christ. We should first humble ourselves over our spiritual decay and confess our sins before the Lord. From the stump of Jesse He brought forth new life, a new dispensation, a new period of spiritual growth for those who had slid back.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new! … (Revelation 21:5
Conversion may occur in a flash, but the process of moving from a life of sin to a new life ma be a long and laborious path.
~ Charles Kolsen ~