Merry Christmas

This week’s post is going to be short because I want the passage to speak for itself – its one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible. I do, however, want to quickly frame it in the context of Christmas.

In my advent devotional, I looked at a passage from Isaiah 9 and talked about the hope of Christmas. At the end, I said this:

“At Advent we look forward to Christmas where we celebrate Jesus’ birth and the implication it has for our souls, but we also look forward to Jesus’ return where he will finish establishing his kingdom and eradicate evil, death, and destruction.”

Today, I want to leave you with an excerpt from Isaiah 11 that illustrates what God’s kingdom will look like when Jesus returns. This is our great hope.

Merry Christmas!

11 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.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
    and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
    and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
    their young shall lie down together;
    and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
    and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
They shall not hurt or destroy
    in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11: 1-9

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

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