Although Jesus came to us from eternity, He also came to earth as a man. Existing forever in Spirit, Jesus had no permanent body. In order for God to be able to save all mankind, it was necessary for Him to become one of us. As the second Adam, Jesus was born without sin, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the body of a virgin. Because Jesus did not possess a sin nature, as do all those who are descended from Adam; and because He was able to live His entire life without sin; Jesus was qualified to be our Savior. If Jesus had sinned even once during His thirty-three years, He would have been disqualified as our Savior. If Jesus was born by a conventional birth—a union between a man and a woman, He could not be our Savior.
When God chose to bring the Messiah into the word, He selected a specific family to bear the great privilege. God said that one of David’s descendants would change the lives of billions of people—forever. David was the youngest son of Jesse, the family that was chosen by God. The prophecy of Isaiah describes “a Branch,” from the stem of Jesse.
Isaiah 11:1a There shall come forth a Branch from the stem of Jesse…
The genealogy of Jesus, an important link:
Luke 3:23-32 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Janna, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathiah, the son of Semei, the son of Joseph, the son of Judah, the son of Joannas, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmodam, the son of Er, the son of Jose, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonan, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse…
Jesse was seen as a Stem from where a Branch could grow out from. A stem is often the smallest part of a plant or tree. Most people do not take much notice when a plant begins to grow a tiny stem; they notice the flowers or leaves. God’s wisdom is far outside the wisdom of this present world. The things that men view as common, insignificant, worthless, or weak, God uses to confound those who see themselves as wise.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
God took a simple man like Jesse with many sons and used the youngest among them. He did not choose the oldest, the most handsome, or the greatest in skill or power. He chose a humble shepherd, whom no one else noticed.
In Jesse and his youngest son David, God sets a pattern into motion whereby He forever showed us that anyone can come to God and not only be accepted by Him, but also be greatly used. The criteria for God to use a person is first and foremost, a humble heart; second, availability; third, complete submission to do His will.
As Jesus emerges onto the world scene, He comes in the exact pattern of David: a Humble and simple beginning. Insignificant to the world, but highly loved and honored by God. Jesus humbly submitted Himself to the will of the Father and made God’s Glory His only goal. It was Jesus’ enduring desire to do the will of God and please the Father in everything which allowed Him the ability to complete the incredible work of salvation for those who would receive Him and rely on the Cross as their only method of redemption.
John 17:4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
In this prophecy of the Messiah, originating from the Stem of Jesse, we see that God was displaying a principle, that his ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. His men and women are not as the world’s men and women. The humble, the available, the submissive…any person can be used by God to accomplish incredible things. In total submission to God, finding great joy and fulfillment—simply by making the completion of the Father’s will their delight.
1 Corinthians 1:20-25 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Jesus’ pattern for service is an example for all of us to follow. He did not lead by force, or by compulsion. Jesus did not threaten, or intimidate anyone. He led by example as a loving servant. Jesus left heaven and came to earth to do the hard work of meeting the deepest needs of human beings. He was gentle, humble, merciful, and kind to every person who came to Him in sincerity. To those who led people by religious pretense, and in turn—led them away from God; He scolded and condemned their action in righteous judgment.
The Stem and Branch of Jesse is Jesus Christ; the genuine Messiah who has come into the world. We know this is true and understand it—with certainty, by the examination of His life, His words, and His actions. Everything that Jesus said and did was in direct conformity with all that the prophets spoke concerning the Messiah.