A few years ago, my family and I witnessed some wolves in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park chasing down some young bison. I thought we were on a nature channel! Having watched those wolves, it’s hard to imagine a lamb dwelling with a wolf as today’s reading describes–or a calf hanging out with a lion for that matter. But Isaiah’s words foreshadow a kind of unimaginable peace that will result from the reign of the Branch that will sprout from the root of Jesse, Jesus Christ.
Jesus, the great-great-great-great … grandson of Jesse, brings this peace by the power of God’s Spirit. This Spirit working in Jesus brings wisdom, understanding, might, counsel, knowledge, and respect for God. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, will be our righteous judge who stands with the meek. In Jesus’ kingdom, the little children will lead us. Jesus is God’s gift of peace to us all.
God of peace, we need your peace more than ever. We pray for the kind of peace described in this passage to come into our world. Thank you for the gift of peace in Jesus. Amen.
Writers: Michael Binder ’17, Affiliate Faculty in Congregational Mission and Leadership; Amy Marga, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. Theological Editor: James L. Boyce ’71, Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek. Cover photo by Elizabeth Explores on Unsplash.