“There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots” (Isaiah 11:1).
This is a prophecy of Christ. Isaiah who wrote in 900 BC wrote: “The virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). “For unto us a Child is born, unto us, a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6).
Here he speaks comparing Christ to a branch. He willed that Christ should take birth as the son of David in the dynasty of Jesse. In the verse above he points out four things. Firstly He is the stem of the tree. Secondly, He is the shoot which comes forth. Thirdly He is the root of Jesse and fourthly He is the growing branch. Christ came to the world four thousand years after the creation of Adam by God. The Scripture alone has come out with the details of all the generations of this period as an unshakable truth (Luke 23:38). In this portion, we can notice details of fourteen generations beginning from Jesse to Christ.
Gabriel, the Angel had been sent by God to Virgin Mary who had been chosen for Joseph. Gabriel revealed, “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32).
No servant of God rose in the four hundred years prior to the birth of Christ. No one knew what had happened to the generation of Jesse. The nation was desolate and the Israelites were slaves to Romans.
All of a sudden, a shoot came out from the stem of Jesse. A branch came out from its root. The prophet Isaiah also said, “For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant and as a root out of dry ground” (Isaiah 53:2).
He is Jesus Christ. He did not rise like a thirty-year-old youth as Adam did but as a tender child. He was a sign to enlighten what kind of problems come to a man at every stage of his life and how he could overcome them. Understand the divine love which revealed through Him. He is appearing like a tender branch before you. Is there space in your heart to accommodate this love? He is like the sun when it comes out in full strength for those who love Him (Judges 5:31).
Think of the love of God who sacrificially gave His begotten Son to us. Love demands love. A man who has friends must himself be friendly. He took the appearance of man denouncing the heavenly throne due to the love He had over us. Christ alone is the grammar of Love.
To meditate: “Behold, the Man whose name is the Branch!From His place He shall branch out and He shall build the temple of the Lord” (Zachariah 6:12).