“Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit” (Isaiah 11:1).

While the prophesying proclamation of Isaiah carries a futuristic tone regarding the One who will someday come, there is a word of hope for the present moment of any generation reading this decree. For an exiled people facing the most unstable and frightening of times, their deliverance was nonetheless fulfilled. Their Deliverer came not in glorious fanfare and triumphal pageantry as one would expect from a King but, rather, he emerged as a shoot from a stem, from what seemed lifeless and without hope; from humility and brokenness; from Nazareth not Rome. As you look upon the green of your Christmas tree today, let it be a reminder of the Sprig of Hope that is forever among us.

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