In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the Fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. Isaiah 4:1
Alexander Sorsher, New Jerusalem
God’s creative, regenerating hand moves miraculously redeeming His people and raising life from a hopeless, dried-up stump to a flourishing canopy of divine presence and defense. God and sinners reconciled, Zion will glory in her Redeemer; and in that day, peace, security, and glorious communion will be enjoyed, for the Fruit will be the pride and honor of Zion’s land. The great reversal that was promised exceeds our wildest dreams, for all is too small for the soul, except for the glorious and beautiful Branch with healing leaves spreading in grand deity over the nations. The true Shekinah is Jesus Christ glorified among His people. Beautiful, lovely Branch, we long for your boughs of deity to reign in power, glory and honor! Christmas gives space, a pause to reflect and remember. Do you ever get a tear in your eye? Remember the root of Jesse who comes to rule! Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Ask the God of hope to fill you with joy and peace in believing the promise this Christmas.
O Root of Jesse, Thou on Whom
The Holy Ghost shall rest;
Whose boughs through all the world shall bloom
With healing virtue blest:
True Vine, in Whom we must abide
To bring forth plenteous fruit;
Whose branches, when by tempests tried,
Are firm in Thee their root:
Thou art a shelter from the heat
That burns the thirsty ground:
A hiding place when tempests beat
Upon the plain around.
O Root of Jesse, day by day
To Thee out prayers we send:
Come now, and through the world, we pray,
Thy healing leaves extend.
We wait in faith, we wait in prayer,
Until the happy time
Wherein Thy branches fruit shall bear
Through every distant clime.
To God the Father glory be,
In majesty adored;
To Jesse’s Root, the Son; and Thee,
O Holy Ghost; One Lord. Amen.
(O Radix Jesse, Abbot Prosper Louis Gueranger, O.S.B.)
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:1-3
Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord. It is he who shall build the temple of the Lord and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne.