Advent: The Shoot of Jesse
Small Group Lesson for This Sermon:
Q: Does your family have any Christmas traditions? What kind of Christmas traditions do you want to start in your family?
Q: Is everyone prepared to start the Jesse Tree? Have you started? How has it been so far?
We will look at Isaiah 11:1-12 today. Read about the attributes of the Messiah, Jesus, in 11:1-5:
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.
Q: Which attribute of Jesus listed in Isaiah 11:1-5 brings you the most comfort personally today? Why?
Read about the Kingdom of the Messiah in Isaiah 11:6-9:
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.
v. 9 gives us the promise that all will know the Lord in the New Heavens and the New Earth. Knowing God is also promised in Habakkuk 2:14:
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Jesus says that eternal life (real life to the fullest) is knowing God in John 17:3:
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Read about God bringing his people to himself in Isaiah 11:10-12:
In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.
He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
The signal God raised to draw us to himself was the cross. Read John 3:14-15:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
The cross of Jesus Christ shows us the love of God and draws us to Jesus. Do you remember the first time you understood the message of the cross? Share your first impressions of the gospel with the group.