A shepherd king for the whole world

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In yesterday’s article, we saw how one of the Advent promises is that Jesus is the shepherd king from Bethlehem fulfilling Micah 5:1-5. One of the aims in Advent is not just to look forward to Christmas Day remembering Christ’s first coming (advent) but also to look forward to his Second Coming or Advent.  How does Micah 5 does this?

Have a look again at Micah 5:4

And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
    to the ends of the earth.

Jesus is the shepherd king whose influence reaches to the ends of the earth.  This reminds us that he is able to gather people from every nation into his family just as he is doing now through the Gospel going out. It also points us to his rule and reign over all creation.

The previous chapter (Micah 4) talks about God establishing his house or temple on the highest of mountains and raising that mountain up. This results in people from all nations being drawn to Zion in order to learn from God’s Word. This also points figuratively to the work of the Gospel in drawing the nations in. The nations will be judged and peace will come.

We live in the now and the not yet. This work of bringing peace of judging the nations and of drawing all God’s people in  is happening now. It’s fulfilment will come when Christ returns in glory.  We look forward to that day.

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