Jesus is referred to as a branch in Isaiah. A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1) A branch? Is he dense and hardened like the wood of a tree? No indeed, the branch of the tree is where the real beauty and life of the tree resides. The branch bears the leaves which feed the tree, the branch holds the flowers which give beauty, fragrance and will bear fruit, the branch sways in the wind and reaches out to those who might walk by and invites them to come enjoy the tree. These characteristics are only a few that Jesus offers us. He is given to us as a bud and grows into something strong yet flexible. Like a branch full of leaves, he provides living water. Like a branch full of fruit, he provides nourishment for us. Like a swaying branch, he reaches out and invites us in. Through all that he provides, he remains strong, flexible, and steadfast in his purpose. So yes, Jesus is our branch. He was given to us as a mere bud and grew to provide for us in so many ways. He looks for us to become branches as well. Reach out to one another, give life and joy to one another, invite one another to be part of His kingdom. Unwrap the Kingdom of God for someone.
Submitted by Karen Robb-Gonzales , Deacon