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Anticipating the King – December 23, 2019

Anticipating the King – December 23, 2019



Reading: Luke 2:1-20; John 10:1-21


I learned Psalm 23 by memory when as a young child I visited my Grandma Burns. She believed that memorizing the Psalm would be a great comfort to me through the years. She was right. Probably more than any gift I have ever received, I cherish the treasure of this Psalm as I quote it frequently in the middle of the night years after Grandma Burns has passed.


The shepherd has special insight into the person of Messiah as Messiah is described as the Shepherd. (That makes me a dumb sheep).


The shepherds received an intimate revelation of God from angels declaring the Lord’s birth. The shepherds were a precious encouragement to Mary and Joseph. It is their words that Mary ponders at night.


Seeing Advent as His child: The Shepherd’s staff reminds me that God gently guides His sheep in the way that they should go, protecting them from cliffs, quicksand, and enemies. Our Shepherd lays His life down for His sheep.

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Worship song of the day: Be Born In Me (MARY)