If you are looking for the strength and security of being cared for and comforted this Christmas, the comforting, consoling, advocating role of our Good Shepherd is inherent in Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth. Jesus comes alongside us in all things. Look no further!
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And he will be our peace…
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
We see the Messiah of Israel was promised to God’s people in the voice of the prophet Micah. He will be our peace, Micah says, and he will shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord.
That’s Jesus! The Good Shepherd came to care for us in the strength of Father God. He is our peace and our hope.
When Simeon encountered Jesus on the day of his dedication at the temple, he knew Jesus was the fulfillment of Micah’s words. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel – Messiah. What is interesting to me is that this word, consolation, is the same word John uses to describe the role of advocacy Jesus plays for each one of us.
The comforting, consoling, advocating role of our Good Shepherd is inherent in Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth. Jesus ushered in a new way in his life and ministry: he made it so that we do not have to live alone and make any attempt to fulfill the expectations of God under our fallen human strength.
Not only are we acceptable to God because of the perfection of Jesus, we are strengthened and cared for in the Lord’s presence. Jesus comes alongside us in all things.
If you are looking for the strength and security of being cared for and comforted this Christmas – if you are looking for an advocate who will stand for you and guide you and lift you up, look no further. Jesus is your Good Shepherd. Messiah has come!