Advent Devotions - December 2

Isaiah 11:1-5 

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
    the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and of might,
    the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.


He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
    with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
    with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt
    and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

What makes someone a king? On May 6, 2023, King Charles III was crowned king in a coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. He was called king on September 10, 2022, after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died. Since he was her eldest son, he became king.


What makes Jesus a King? The prophet Isaiah foretold a king whom God would raise up, and upon whom His Spirit would rest. What makes Him a king is His character, not simply His lineage. This is who Jesus was, who He is, and who He will be shown to be.


When we celebrate Christmas, we acknowledge the coming of a King who is unlike any other, declaring our allegiance to Him and anticipating His total reign to come.


In these verses from Isaiah, what 12 descriptions are given about the King’s character?


What do you think people can expect from a King like this?


How is your life shaped by your King?