Friday, December 9, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Reward That Came in the Most Unlikely Way

Isaiah painted a beautiful word picture that helps clarify what Christ came to give us. Read these words aloud and savor them for a moment:

"Behold, the Lord God will come with might,
With His arm ruling for Him.
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His recompense before Him.
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs,
And carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes."
Isaiah 40:10,11 nasb

He's talking about Jesus. 

If we look carefully at these verses, we'll see an amazing thing. His arm rules. His reward is with Him. His arm gathers and carries the lambs.

Isaiah describes a shepherd who stretches out his hand, gathers his weak little lambs in his arms, and carries them. He snuggles them close in His powerful arms. 

The relationship is the reward, but it's also the way our Lord rules. 

Because The Good Shepherd holds us close enough for us to hear His heartbeat, and for Him to hear ours, there's an intimacy that is unescapable. 

We can know Him, and when we do, we'll want to follow.

This is not the rule of a tyrant. This is the rule of a much-loved, and greatly loving, Father.

Savor that truth for a moment. 

He loves us enough to hold us close. To know us. To gently lead us.

When we know Him, we'll want to follow. 

Today, let's ask ourselves this important question: Do I know Him so well that I want to follow our Lord?

If the answer is no, spend some time in the Word of God today. Get to know Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to you as the Good Shepherd who loves His sheep.

If the answer is yes, revel in the relationship that is the reward. Our Good Shepherd willingly laid down His life for us, then took it up again to give us the intimacy of a relationship that can't be found anywhere else. 

He's a Good Shepherd who He carries His lambs and leads His ewes. Follow Him.
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In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: The Lamb-Carrying Shepherd and the Glory of God
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