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The Spirit Shall Rest on Him

Day 20

Today's Reading: Isaiah 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. (Isaiah 11:1-2)

This is a promise written hundreds of years before the coming of Jesus. Isaiah spoke of a “shoot from the stump of Jesse,” which is another way of saying that Jesus would be a king from David’s line (since Jesse was David’s father). As a “branch” from this royal line, Jesus would “bear fruit.” So what fruit do we see from Jesus’ coming?

We see the fruit of sinners, countless multitudes of sinners, saved from their sin by God’s grace. Men and women who have been redeemed, transformed, and restored to a right relationship with God. And the fruit of that relationship with God includes the fruit of the Spirit: “. . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). This same Spirit is the One who will rest on Jesus, for He is the “Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2).

We see the fulfillment of this promise as Jesus is baptized and the Spirit comes to rest on Him (Matthew 3:16). In this sense, Jesus is unique, gloriously unique. He possesses the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and so we worship and praise Him. At the same time, because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, rose from the grave in victory over sin, and ascended on high to the right hand of the Father, He has made it possible for all who trust in Him to be forgiven of their sins and indwelt by His Spirit.

So if you’re a Christian, that means the Spirit of the Lord––”the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord”––dwells in you. This is what we celebrate at Christmas. Not only that Jesus came but also that He lives in us by His Spirit. We should live in light of that reality each and every day.

PRAYING IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S PASSAGE

Praise God for sending us His Spirit through Christ, and ask Him for the grace to depend on the Spirit rather than on your own wisdom and strength.

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