Advent Series Day 14: the Shepherd King

I loved playing hide and seek when I was little. Once, when I was playing with my cousins, I was thrilled to find the perfect hiding spot. It was under the dresser in my room. The fact that it was a tight squeeze made the spot even better. No one would suspect that I could fit in the space. So, I got down on my back, then wiggled and wedged my way under. I was laying on my back staring at the wood bottom of the dresser when the person who was “it” came into the room. He looked around, didn’t see me, and left. I was thrilled. Until more time passed. And a second round started. And I still wasn’t found. I started to sweat. Butterflies filled my stomach. I decided to get out and find another spot. Except, I couldn’t move- I was stuck.

Suddenly, it didn’t seem very fun anymore. I wanted to be found. I called out until others came into the room. It took the whole group to free me. My sweater ripped in the process, but I didn’t care. I was just relieved to be rescued.

After all, no one wants to stay lost.

Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? – Luke 15:4

Sheep get lost easily. They wander. It is a shepherd’s job to protect them. To keep sheep from danger and direct them to the right pasture. To find sheep that stray and bring them back to the fold.

David was a shepherd from Bethlehem. Until God sent the prophet Samuel to anoint David as the next King of Israel. In the book of Micah, we find out that David will not be the only Shepherd King to come from Bethlehem.

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.

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. – Micah 5:2,4

David was a shepherd king from Bethlehem who brought security to the people of Israel. The Messiah would be a Shepherd King from Bethlehem who brings security to the ends of earth. A Shepherd King who searches for lost people to bring them into the peace of His fold.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod – Matthew 2:1

Jesus is the Messiah, the Shepherd King.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. – John 10:14-16

People are like sheep. We are prone to wander. We know the cliff is dangerous, but we can’t resist going over to see what is on the other side. We fall into temptation and away from the ways of God. Jesus is a Good Shepherd who searches for us. And lays down His own life to save us.

Before the Messiah, it was thought that only the people of Israel were a part of God’s fold. But Jesus says He comes to gather sheep not of that pen, so that all will join into one flock, with Him as the Shepherd. His love reaches to the ends of the earth, just as Micah predicted.

All may join the security and peace of God’s fold through faith in Jesus. The Good Shepherd is calling to all people of the earth.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. – Luke 19:10