Day 4 – Hope

Day 4 – Hope

But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel. 

Matthew 2:6, NIV

When David was anointed king, the Lord told him: “You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler” (2 Samuel 5:2). Centuries later Micah spoke the prophetic words quoted above, clarifying that there was one still to come who would far transcend the great King David. And that prophecy finds its fulfillment in Jesus! 

As a faithful shepherd, Jesus guides the people of God on a journey of redemption and hope, through many valleys of the shadow of death, until we dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

Prayer Guide:

  1. Thank God for being faithful through the millennia, preparing God’s people to receive Jesus as leader and shepherd. 
  2. Pray that the church of Jesus Christ will more faithfully follow Jesus, the shepherd-King, who is the center of our faith. 
  3. Rejoice in the hope that God will one day bring the grand plan of salvation to a glorious completion, when we worship around the throne of the humble shepherd-leader who is also King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 
Advent Devotions
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary

2022

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