And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.”

Romans 15:12

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

When Jesus came, he came to Israel as a descendant of David. Jesus was a proper descendant of King David, the son of Jesse. His birth was prophesied by Jewish prophets and recorded in the Bible of the Israelite people. But no matter how Jewish his origins were, Jesus came to save all people in the world (John 3:16) in fulfillment of Old Testament promises that God would save and bless the people of all nations through the children of Abraham and the Jewish Messiah (Genesis 12:1-3). While David brought Israel to great power and notoriety as a fierce warrior and song-writing King, Jesus brought the reign of grace to the hearts of millions of Jews and non-Jews by conquering death and bringing true life to us. All people, Israelites and non-Israelites, find their hope in Jesus.

My Prayer…

Father, as this year draws to a close, ethnic and religious emotions are stirred worldwide — it’s a tumultuous time! Please bless us with peace at this time. Give us a deep sense of your love and presence. Shepherd us in your grace. At the same time, please rekindle our hearts with your desire to bring all people together in peace through salvation in Jesus. Please bless your children worldwide who are lovingly sharing your gospel to a culture other than their own. Bless them as they are away from most of their family. Bless them with the joy of their desire: use them to lead someone to salvation during this holiday season. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.