O Root of Jesse

O Root of Jesse, who stands for an ensign before the people,
Before whom kings are mute and to whom the nations will do homage:
Come quickly to deliver us.

Jesus is the great deliverer King.  He is the one who fulfilled that prophecy of 2 Kings 7, the Son of David who would rule forever.  He is that root of Jesse (Isaiah 11) who will deliver His people from the hands of our enemies.  He comes not in might as earthly kings, but delivers us in weakness through His death on the Cross.

In a world of subjectivity and anti-truth, in a world of injustice, of pain and suffering, in a world where evil is called good and good evil, where Satan continually throws his temptations and accusations at us from every direction, and even where within the Church there is the cry to take our eyes off of Jesus and onto self improvement and having “your best life now,” we have good reason to cry out for deliverance.

When you took upon yourself to deliver man,
You humbled Yourself to be born of a virgin.
When You had overcome the sharpness of death,
You opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You sit at the right hand of God in the Glory of the Father.
We believe that you will come to be our judge.
We therefore pray You to help Your servants,
whom You have redeemed with Your precious blood.
Make them to be numbered with Your saints in glory everlasting.
Amen.

 

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