There’s a fine line between craziness and hope, and often life tries to devour hope like a wolf would the little lamb. It’s crazy to expect a wolf and lamb to get along. Is it crazy to believe God has a plan for a better world?
Isaiah’s passage offers the branch of Jesse, a descendent of the great King David, as the source of peace and hope. This branch shall have wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). Indeed, God is a God of hope.
God’s hope transforms the seemingly impossible into reality. Isaiah describes the shoot as having the power to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, the wolf and the lamb, lying down together in love. The shoot, from the stump of David, grows new, green, and fresh, and brings life to a dying world. The shoot of new life, for Christians, is Jesus the Christ.
So this second week of Advent we look towards Peace and ask how the Peace of Christ, Immanuel, may transform our lives. How can we help that Peace to reach into our homes, our communities and ultimately our nations?