A standard or banner was used by kings and diplomats and armies to signify a place of gathering. A banner lifted high would draw a crowd. The Bible calls Jesus a banner for all nations. Jesus spoke of His death in this way, saying, "When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself." (John 12:32) Hundreds of years earlier, Isaiah had prophesied: "In that day, the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples." (Isaiah 11:10) That "Root of Jesse" is Jesus; He came from the house and line of David, whose father was Jesse. "That day" has come; Jesus died for the sins of the world and rose again from the dead. That "banner" still stands today; let the people come!
What is it about Jesus that people from around the world would be drawn to Him? "The nations will rally to Him, and His place of rest will be glorious." (Isaiah 11:10) Everyone wants this rest, this peace. Only in Jesus do we find it. Through His death and resurrection, He established peace between us and God, forgiving us all of our sins, releasing us from our guilt, changing our status from enemies of God to children of God. So let the people come, for JESUS IS A BANNER OF PEACE FOR ALL PEOPLE. You who are reading this, come, gather around this banner, and find your place of rest with Jesus.
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.