I had a work faux-pas (an embarrassing goof-up) recently at work. I had filled a coffee pot–the kind that requires a stem to pump coffee out–and set it in the conference room. One of my co-workers was not able to get coffee out of it, however. When I looked, I realized I hadn’t put the stem in the pot so it would pump coffee out. What does all of this have to do with Jesus? Well, it got me to thinking about Advent and the stem of Jesse. Jesse is the father of David, and Jesus is one of David’s descendants. The Bible says: “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:1-2 NRSV). This version of the verse says stump, but other translations say stem. So, Jesus comes forth from the stem of Jesse.
Just as the coffee pot with no stem was ineffective, our lives without Jesus are ineffective. Just as I needed the stem inside the coffee pot for it to work, we need Jesus inside us for our lives to be effective. Without His help and wisdom, it just isn’t happening.
Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams