For this year’s theme: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, my assigned name of Jesus is ROOT OF DAVID. I have found several Scripture references to Root of David, and Root of Jesse (David’s father).
In Romans 15 Paul refers to Isaiah’s prophecy when he encourages the Romans to follow the Christ who loves all people, Jews and Gentiles alike. “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’” Romans 15:12.
In Revelation 22:16, John is quoting Jesus who tells him “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches, I am the Root and Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” With these words from Christ, John brings his book of prophecy to a close.
Like the dual nature of Christ – fully human and fully divine – it seems to me that Jesus is telling us that while he is a descendant of David, David has also descended from him.
This name is important for us to remember as we begin the season of Advent, because we tend to focus upon the prophecies and stories of the coming of the human King - the Offspring of David. Not only did Jesus come to us for a few years as a human, but as John tells us in John 1:2, Jesus in his divine nature “…was with God in the beginning.” In his divine nature, Jesus has always been with us, and he always will be. “…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20.
And so as we celebrate Christ’s coming as a human this Christmas season, may we also celebrate his forever presence with us as our Divine Lord and Savior.
Father, we thank You for this season as we celebrate the special gift of Your Son Jesus, the Root and Offspring of David, and it is in his name that we pray. Amen.
Submitted by Peggie Barnes, Elder