ADVENT, AND THE STORY ISN’T OVER
By Theresa Horton Miller
[A beautifully written word with much spiritual insight from my daughter – Ray E Horton]
“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:1-2).
Although the Lord chopped down the pride of Israel as though a forest of mighty cedars, he searched and found the humble stump of Jesse to cause a shoot to sprout.
Transformed the World
And from that shoot, the Messiah would come forth from the line of David propelled by the Spirit and would transform the world.
Resting upon him would be seven characteristics of God’s Spirit showing the fullness and perfection of the Holy Spirit.
1. Spirit of the LORD
2. Spirit of wisdom
3. Spirit of understanding
4. Spirit of counsel
5. Spirit of might
6. Spirit of knowledge
7. Spirit of the fear of the LORD
Promise of Unity Restored
Oh friends, the story is not over. We are in the middle of this story. We are a part of it
The Messiah would come with the promise that there would be unity once again within God’s creation as originally intended.
How beautiful the story is: the beginning, the transitions, and the ending that we already have confidence in.
Oh friends, the story is not over. We are in the middle of this story. We are a part of it.
Like a cedar tree, when our pride is chopped down and we’re left a stump of nothingness, miracles have room to sprout. As we seek that little babe who was born to die then rise again, defeating death, Jesus forms his very life in us.
Can you feel the anticipation of what God is about to do? Let this Advent season remind you.