Today we move into a special Christmas series. Every year, we need to be reminded to pull back the Christmas lights to reveal the deeper excitement of the redemption story. We use many symbols to represent the story, but how many of us think about a tree stump? On this first Sunday of Advent, we look at one of the Prophets who used this symbol to give hope to the people of Israel. Isaiah spoke of One to come, in the midst their judgement, who would rescue His people once and for all.