The 12 Verses of Christmas #6

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:  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 of the fear of the LORD:

Isaiah 11:1-2

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Matthew 3:16

The prophecies of the birth of Jesus Christ are so detailed and their fulfillments so perfect that there can be no doubt as to the accuracy of the Bible.  There can also be no doubt as to the fact that Jesus is indeed the Christ.  In this prophecy from the book of Isaiah, we are told that the rod out of the stem of Jesse, a “Branch” would grow out of his roots.  Sure enough, Jesus was born into the house of David, which was “of the stem of Jesse.”

In the second part of the prophecy, it is foretold that “the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him…”  That prophecy was also clearly fulfilled in Matthew 3.  Notice again the perfection of the fulfillment of this prophecy.  It is said that the spirit of the LORD would rest upon Him.  In Matthew 3:16, the spirit of God descends and rests upon Him.  And the spirit of the Lord is the spirit of wisdom and understanding.  It is the spirit of counsel and might.  And it is the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.  The Spirit is all of those things.

That Branch that grew out of the roots of Jesse would soon become our Saviour!  What a wonderful verse prophesying our wonderful Saviour!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Another great one, Ben. That prophecy in Is. 11 somehow reminds me of all that He shall be called too. 🙂 Thank you so much for leading us up to Christmas through the prophecies! Loving it! God bless you!

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    • It just amazes me that nearly everything in the life of Jesus was foretold hundreds of years before. Christmas is a wonderful time because it is what brings the ages together. God bless you too!

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