Week Two – Believing
Romans 10:11 states that “everyone who believes in him [Jesus] will not be put to shame.” The good news of the gospel reveals that we are not called to earn right standing with God, but that it is given to those who believe. Jesus is revealed as the Messiah sent to bring salvation to the world and we find some amazing responses of belief by those involved with his coming. As we read this week we pray that God will strength our own belief as we look forward to celebrating his birth and look forward to when he comes again.
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.
Out of the stump—out from the dead and the cut off. That’s where Jesus comes from. Who would think to send a Savior this way? The people are dead—completely cut off in their sin. Not some of them—all of them. All of us. And yet the Father sends him. Sends him to be one of us. Sends him to save us. Jesus comes and his place is indeed a glorious place.
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. This is the Spirit of Jesus which comes to us—the old, dead root. Jesus, bringing new life to the old.
As we wait this week let us seek believing hearts that wait well.
Day Eight Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10
The people of Israel waited for the Messiah to come, and now we wait for him to come again. How does anticipating and then celebrating his first coming strengthen our belief in his return?
What words from this passage will you cling to today for assurance and hope?
Prayer—Jesus, you have given us great hope. Grant us hearts to believe in all you promise.