Christ as Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)
Isaiah 11:1, 10, Micah 5:11, Romans 15:8-13, Revelations 5:1-5
I want to be filled this Advent…filled to overflowing. Not with fruitcake, but with joy! I want to believe in the peace of Christ that passes all understanding, not cheesy advertising tempting me to buy what I do not need! I want to abound in hope, not debt! I do not want to get sucked into ‘Bigger…Better…Faster’
Our Lord’s title here, ‘Out of the Root’ contradicts ‘Bigger…Better…Faster.’ A life based on ‘Bigger…Better…Faster’ expects a genealogy starting from the top of the mighty Redwood, not the root. And yet, that’s where it all begins isn’t it? The root.
How are our roots?
If I over spend, driving my family deeper into debt just to have the latest fad or my children the hottest toy this Christmas…would that be an indication of a shallow root system?
If I tap my foot in line behind the old, slow or just plain bothersome-to-me person in the check out line…would that be an indication of a dry root system?
If I smile at the handsome Marine collecting Toys for Tots but scowl at my husband when he walks into the room…would that be an indication of a rotten root system?
If I only did good to those who did good to me…would that be an indication of a stunted root system?
Out of the Root of Jesse comes the baby King. From humble beginnings to magnificent eternity. From one man’s son comes the Son to save all men.
Weep not, the Lion of the Tribe of Juda, the Root of David…He’s coming!
Am I ready?