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The coming Messiah
Jesus: The hope of the world
Isaiah 11

Bible verses on hope

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31

Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Today we are going to take a look at a great passage of hope and promise:

Isaiah 11 is a great passage of hope and promise, delivered to a people who were about to be shattered by God. It's a passage of great hope because it's what is called a Messianic passage-- which means it's all about Jesus. Hence, I have entitled today's message: Jesus: The hope of the world.

READ text:

Note that context is one of announced destruction and the judgment of God. Note also that the image of destruction is conveyed by two forests that have been chopped down (one representing Israel, the other representing Assyria)

Note also that we are introduced to 2 names of Jesus that you might not be familiar with: The root of Jesse (Romans 12:15) and The Branch (Jeremiah 23:5, John 15)

ISAIAH'S DESCRIPTION OF THE COMING MESSIAH AND THE HOPE OF THE WORLD--THE ONE WHO WE CALL JESUS


1. HIS BEGINNINGS WILL BE OF THE MOST HUMBLE SORT

From the crushed house of Jesse, the descendant of Ruth and Boaz and the father of David,comes the eternal king of kings. Why? Because of the promises of God. (2 Samuel 7:11-16 speaks of God's promise to David)

By referring to coming Savior and King of the World as being from the Root/Stump of Jesse, we are reminded of Christ's humble beginnings. (Jesse, though the father of David, who was the youngest, was not a king) We are reminded that God uses the foolish things and the things that are not to shame and humble the "wise". 1 Corinthians 1:28

In the N.T we know of Christ's humble beginnings as well. Born to Mary, in Bethlehem, in a stable, raised in Galilee.

1. HE WILL BE FILLED WITH AND EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT v2

Throughout the book of Isaiah, the role of the Holy Spirit in the life, ministry, and reign of Christ is a common feature. For example, in Isaiah 42 and 61, Isaiah speaks of the Spirit led, Spirit directed, Spirit empowered ministry of Christ

In Isaiah 11:2 we are introduced to the role of the Holy Spirit in the person and reign of Christ. Read v.2 and note the couplets

The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him

-Fulfilled at Jesus' baptism (Matthew 3)

The Spirit of wisdom and understanding

-By the Spirit, Jesus was of great understanding. He never asked anothers advice.

The Spirit of counsel and power

-By the Spirit, Jesus taught as one who had authority and as no one had ever done
-By the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus healed the sick, cast out Demons, calmed the sea, raised the dead.

The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord

-By the Spirit, Jesus knew the people's hearts. He knew what was inside of people and their thoughts.
-Led by the Spirit, Jesus went into the wilderness and overcame Satan's temptations. In all that he did, Jesus was perfectly obedient to the Father and always reverenced Him. Such demonstrated a fear of the Lord.


Application: We, who are the followers of Christ, are indwelt by the same Holy Spirit. To us, Jesus promised that he would never leave or forsake us. Jesus keeps this promise by sending to us the Holy Spirit, who indwells each one of Christ's children.

The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom and power and insight and understanding, teaching us how to properly fear and walk before God. Our desire is to be Spirit directed, Spirit led, Spirit empowered people.

3. HE IS and WILL BE THE KING OF THIS WORLD v.3-5

In Revelation 19:16 it says of Jesus; "On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." Before Christ every knee will bow (see Psalm 2, Philippians 2)

Jesus: King at his birth. King at his death. King of Kings by God's the Father's declaration.

The nature of his rule v.3-5

-He will judge perfectly, with perfect wisdom and in truth
-Knowing the heart and mind of his subjects, his every decision will be right and just.
-He will slay the wicked.
-All who oppose him he will destroy
-All forms of injustice will be punished
-He will supply and lift up the poor and needy
-He will be the perfect king. He will be the ruler and king that all else have failed to be.


In thinking of the reign of Christ, I can't help but think of what we call a Christmas song "Joy to the world"

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders, of His love.

4. HE WILL RESTORE THE TRANQUILITY OF EDEN v.6-9

In the fullness of time, Jesus, the Prince of peace, will come to reign and rule on earth, and in so coming, the tranquility of Eden will be restored amongst God's creatures.

Note what will be the effects of Christ's presence and rule. Isaiah 11:6-9

"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. the infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LROD as the waters cover the sea."


5. HE WILL RESTORE AND DELIVER ISRAEL WHILE ALSO DRAWING ALL MEN TO HIMSELF v10-12

In John 12:32, Jesus, in speaking of his death says; "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."

At his return to judge, rule, and reign, Jesus will again and fully draw all men to himself for Isaiah 11:10 says... "In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him and his place of rest will be glorious. "

Envisioned here is the gathering of the scattered Jews and the flocking of all people and nations to Jerusalem, to worship Christ.

We must not lose sight of the fact that this is firstly a passage that was directed to Jews. We cannot neuter the text and merely Christianize it. We must see it through the eyes of a Jewish person who is given a hope to cling to during the storm of God's judgment and their pain. We must also not forget that salvation is first for the Jew and then the Gentile.


CONCLUSION

Who is the one Isaiah speaks of?
Who is the one who will restore the fortunes and place of Israel?
Who is the Hope of the World?
Who is this Spirit filled and directed King that Isaiah speaks of?
Who is this one who will judge with perfect justice?
Who is this one to whom the nations will stream to worship?
Who is this one who will restore the peaceful conditions of Eden?

The hope of Israel and the world is Jesus

How are we to respond?

In faith, trust, adoration, worship, devoted service


Let us fix our eyes upon the author and perfecter of our faith Hebrews 12:2