Can we just sit for a minute pondering and treasuring these hope-filled words? Breathing in deep the depths of the implications of this song verse. This branch of Jesse, the lesser-known family member, the father of King David, speaks of Jesus. This reference to Jesus actually shows the humility of our King.
In Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah uses Jesse’s name instead of saying David’s stem, intentionally to show Jesus’ humble roots. Our humble King Jesus has come to rescue us from the pits of hell. If that was not enough, what else does the song say He has done? It says He gives us victory over death. 1 Corinthians 15:57, confirms this: “.” Why would Jesus do such a thing? This King is all-sufficient. Why would He come and step into our brokenness? In 2 Corinthians 5:19, it says, “that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
Love in action.
God, through Jesus, is saying with His actions, “I love you. I died for you so that we can live reconciled, together forever.” How many other Kings would do this? Jesus stepped off His glorious throne so we could have intimacy with God. Oh, what love! This great love gives us so much hope.
When my kids express their love for me in different ways such as drawing me a picture, cleaning their room on their own, giving me a hug, or caring for me while I am sick…could you imagine if I did not respond? It would actually be unthinkable. How much more should we respond with gratitude to such a deep call to intimacy from our Father?
If Christ died for us, putting His great, abiding love into action, how should we respond? How can you respond to His love for you today?
All hymns referenced throughout the series found in one spot. Some versions are traditional. Others…not so much. Enjoy!