“Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—
yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.”
“He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.”
The grafting of trees is done by inserting a section of a stem with leaf buds into the stock of a tree. It can be used to repair trees or for grafting a new variety into an established tree.
God did both through Jesus Christ, our Lord. He took the stump of the family of David, a man whom Samuel spoke of as the one “after God’s own heart,” and grafted in a new Branch. This new, tiny Branch, from the Hebrew word ve-natsar which references Jesus’ roots as a Nazarene, with just the buds of leaves would bear fruit from the old root of David’s family and his Israelite ancestry. But, when the Israelites rejected Jesus’ claim as their Messiah, this new Branch would also come to bear new fruit as Paul began sharing the Good News with the Gentiles.
This Advent season, as we think about how He grafted us in, may we realize just how much of a miracle it is that we have been given the blessing of a Savior!