Peace on Earth
Main point: Christmas is good news for those who bow at the manger and worship at the empty tomb of Jesus.
Structure of the Text:
The stump shall bear fruit (vs. 1)
The signal shall stand forever (vs. 10)
Our salvation begins humbly (vs. 1)
Our salvation has real power to restore our peace (vv. 2-9)
Our salvation stands with Christ forever (vs. 10)
Jesus comes to you in humility
> Are you willing to judge Christ not merely by external appearances?
Jesus has real power to restore our peace
> Are you willing to turn to Christ by confessing your sin and your need of Him?
Jesus calls you stand with Him
> Are you willing to put your trust in Christ to receive His perfect peace?
11:1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 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.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. (ESV)