The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations. (Romans:15:12)
In our last visit we studied what Paul said about God the Father in Romans 14:1-15:13. Now let’s continue our devotional study by considering what Paul says about Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
Jesus Christ, like His Father, accepts all who trust in Him. In this He operates according to the Scriptures and thus brings praise to the Father, 15:7. This was true in what He said as well as what He did.
A common phrase in the gospels is, “so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.” As Jesus lived His life with a view to fulfilling the Scriptures He recognized it would involve suffering. But according to 15:3 He didn’t live to please Himself. He had a mission and was willing to suffer and die to fulfill that mission.
He arose victorious from among the dead according to 14:9 so that He might be Lord of the living and the dead. In verse 15 it declares that Christ died for all Christians. In this He purchased our redemption and thus we belong to Him, verse 8.
Paul quotes Isaiah 11:10 in verse 12, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.” This indicates Jesus was in the royal line of Hebrew Kings going back to David, which in itself is a miracle. His birth fulfilled prophecy. During His earthly life 2000 years ago He did not rule the nations, so this refers to a time yet in the future when He will be acknowledged as King of kings, and Lord of lords. This provides hope for Israel, as well as for the Gentiles.
Take time to praise Him as the only true basis of hope for time and eternity.