A Fresh Start for a Stump

A Fresh Start for a Stump

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” – Isaiah 11:1 Have you ever gone walking through the forest and happened upon a stump? While it may provide enough space for one or two people to sit on, the remnant of a once mighty tree, though imposing, offers little hope of renewed existence. In fact, biologically speaking, that lifeless piece of wood is permanently dead. Amazingly, the Bible says that Jesus came out of the stump of Jesse, which means He arose out of the lineage of David, which was all but gone. Nevertheless, a shoot — a tiny, single strand of green grass — came forth from that dead wood, and though tender at first, grew to be a source of good fruit and shade for the entire world. By bringing new life from something that was discarded and

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