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Saturday, December 9: He tends his flock like a shepherd

God RevealedAdvent is a time set aside for anticipating the coming of Christ, both at the first Christmas and again in the present and future. This season's passages reflect this anticipation from the perspective of the Old Testament, and its fulfillment and future anticipation from the New Testament. We'll look at why Jesus came: to show us who God is and what he's like.

Read Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, comfort my people,

says your God.

Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and proclaim to her

that her hard service has been completed,

that her sin has been paid for,

that she has received from the Lord's hand

double for all her sins.

A voice of one calling:

"In the wilderness prepare

the way for the Lord;

make straight in the desert

a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be raised up,

every mountain and hill made low;

the rough ground shall become level,

the rugged places a plain.

And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,

and all people will see it together.

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken."

A voice says, "Cry out."

And I said, "What shall I cry?"

"All people are like grass,

and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.

The grass withers and the flowers fall,

because the breath of the Lord blows on them.

Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God endures forever."

You who bring good news to Zion,

go up on a high mountain.

You who bring good news to Jerusalem,

lift up your voice with a shout,

lift it up, do not be afraid;

say to the towns of Judah,

"Here is your God!"

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,

and he rules with a mighty arm.

See, his reward is with him,

and his recompense accompanies him.

He tends his flock like a shepherd:

He gathers the lambs in his arms

and carries them close to his heart;

he gently leads those that have young.

Reflect

The prophet Isaiah uses powerful imagery to describe the coming of the Messiah, who is the Savior of Israel and of the whole world. Focus just on the last few sentences, where Isaiah says, "'Here is your God!' See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power," and also, "He tends his flock like a shepherd." How do you see God as both powerful and tender in your own life?

Respond

As Christmas approaches and as you worship Jesus, think about how Jesus demonstrates both the amazing power and deep tenderness of God. Ask God to demonstrate both aspects of his character for you to see this Christmas season. Watch for God's power and tenderness all around you as you move through this month.

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