Verse of the Day Devotion: Isaiah 11:10
“Then in that day the nations will resort to the root of Jesse, Who will stand as a signal for the peoples; and His resting place will be glorious.” – Isaiah 11:10
The Jews in their day believed that the Messiah would be the Savior of the Jews, and that the kingdom He would set up would be in Jerusalem as a Jewish nation. However, there are several verses in the prophet Isaiah which states that He would reach out to the nations of the world. As our focus verse states, He will be a signal to the nations as well. We also read further in Isaiah, “And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My strength), He says, It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nation’s So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth. Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, To the despised One, To the One abhorred by the nation, To the Servant of rulers, “Kings will see and arise, Princes will also bow down, Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.” Isaiah 49:5-7.
However, He came for all the nations and all the people. His birth in Bethlehem was not only for the Jewish nation, but for all the people in the world. Note what was said in the above verse. “He says, It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nation’s So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6. John said it like this. “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2. The salvation provided through the death of Jesus was not just for the Jews, but the gentiles as well.
I know this is fairly well known, but it is important that we can understand this so that we can present this truth to all who question this idea. Jesus said the following early in His ministry. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3:16-17. And He also said, “I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.” John 10:14-16. We are His sheep as well, and therefore He watches over us, protects us, and ultimately died for us so we may live eternally with Him.
So this Christmas, let us rejoice and celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ, who lived a perfect life so He could pay the penalty for everyone’s sins by dying on the cross. Yes, He came from the line of King David. Yes, He was born in a staunchly Jewish environment, and yes, His coming was prophesied throughout Jewish history. However, we are all His people. We are the children of God who has accepted His work of salvation for the remittance of the penalty we earned and deserved. In history, there were many non-Jews who accepted the ways of Judaism and thus became proselytes. We became one of God’s children when we accepted the work Christ did on the cross. We were not automatically one. We need to accept what Jesus did for us. As Christians, we are all God’s people. He may have come through the line of David, but He came for us all. Remember this and be thankful, and help others to understand this and be thankful as well.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.