A pause…sometimes we really need one. Just to take a moment—STOP—take a deep breath. This is a much needed thought for me today! I’ve hit that point in the Christmas season where, if I’m not careful, I’ll find myself spinning out of control in so many ways….shopping, wrapping, planning, activities, baking, eating, more shopping. I NEED to stop, pause and breathe. Today seems like the perfect point in our devotional series to do this! We’ve spent the past two days looking at the names of Jesus as the Good News and our Good Shepherd. Let’s spend today just reflecting on some Scriptures related to our need for Good News and a Good Shepherd.
His Name IS Advent Devotion: DAY 11
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned —every one —to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. —Isaiah 53:6
“For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. —Ezekiel 34:11-12
When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. —Mark 6:34
So Jesus again said to them, “ Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. —John 10:7
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. —John 10:11
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. —John 10:14-16
Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. —Psalm 100:3
But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise. —Psalm 79:13
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. —Psalm 95:6-7
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. —Hebrews 13:20-21
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “ Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. —Luke 2:8-11
(For further study, you might want to read the Christmas story from the shepherds’ perspective. You can find it here.)
Worship Him today!
This post was first published on Get Real on December 12, 2014.