Hope Lost and Found:
Insights on God’s Plan of Salvation, Revival and Restoration
Part 6 — Hope Revealed in the Lord--Jesus Christ
by Harvey L. Diamond
Isaiah prophesied throughout his book God's plan of salvation and restoration of the relationship. The first such message relates to the coming of the Lord and result of His ministry. (Isaiah 4:2)
In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious;
And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing
For those of Israel who have escaped.
To grasp the fullness of this message, let's also look at a parallel Scripture in Isaiah 11; which connects His Son and Spirit.
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
His delight is in the fear of the LORD,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
This Branch would stem from the family tree of Jesse. He did. For, Jesse was the father of King David, and Jesus was a descendant of David.
As the Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus the Lord, He was filled with all wisdom and understanding--and could not be trapped by religious leaders or governing authorities. He was also filled with all counsel and might—and expelled demons and healed the sick.
Finally, He was filled with the knowledge and the fear of the LORD—as He did whatever His Father told Him to do by the power of the Holy Spirit.
In His resurrection, He certainly demonstrated victory over the power of wickedness and death. He walked in perfect righteousness and faithfulness as none had ever done before—or after Him.
He further promised to those who believe in Him, the gift of His indwelling presence—the Holy Spirit. The internal presence of the Holy Spirit is activated, though, by remaining in the word and love of God.
"If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever -- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you."