Stump

twenty-two days…

The days tick on toward Christmas…
twenty-two to go…
continuing to seek the Word…
for revelation of Him…

Even though He came as King
He came humbly…

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
Isaiah 11:1 ESV
He came forth… a shoot from the stump
Have you ever seen a shoot…? coming from a stump…?
It’s a humble looking thing…
growing out of what appears dead…
This is how Jesus came…
from the stump of Jesse…
Jesse… King David’s father… 
symbolized as a fallen tree…
a stump…
The mighty nation of Israel had seen better days…
they no longer ruled themselves…
the long line of corrupt kings long dethroned…
Jesus… King Jesus…
came forth from a stump…
His mother a young virgin from David’s family line…
Her betrothed… Joseph… from the same lineage…
The couple chosen… blessed to be Jesus’s parents…
were of humble means… reflecting the downfall of the nation…
Joseph a poor carpenter…
Mary… at the time… considered a fallen young woman… 
coming up pregnant before the wedding…
and since Joseph obeyed God’s call to marry her…
his character came into question too…
A stump of a family…
gave birth to Jesus…
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him
in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger,
because there was no place for them in the inn.
Luke 2:7 ESV
Born in a barn…
He came forth humbly…
for the humble…
“… For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” —Jesus
Luke 19:7 ESV
Lord Jesus… thank You for coming down… for coming humbly…
Thank You… for Your great compassion… coming to seek…
and save… the lost…

Thank You… for saving… me…

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