The Meek and the Mighty

And He shall stand and feed His flock
In the strength of the LORD, 
In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God; 
And they shall abide, 
For now He shall be great 
To the ends of the earth Micah 5:4 (The Message)

In this verse, our Savior is both a shepherd feeding His flock and a great, majestic king. I am amazed me that Jesus can be a humble, lowly shepherd and also a regal, exalted king. Jesus' story reminds me of all the tales where a simple servant is somehow the rightful king, the difference being that Jesus knew all along that he was the king and yet lived his life as a servant among the common people. He had his moments of glory, like on the mount of transfiguration, but he set aside that glory and splendor to gird himself with a towel and wash the dirty feet of his disciples. Instead of living in a palace with courtesans fawning over him and supplicants groveling at his feet, he lived the life of an itinerant preacher, traveling from village to village, healing the sick, diseased, and infirmed, and ministering to the outcasts of society.

Who were the first ones to come and worship the baby Jesus? Shepherds and kings. The Shepherd-King was recognized by his own at his birth. The meek and the mighty came and adored the one who is the Great Shepherd and the King of Kings. I thank God that we have a Lord and Savior who did not snap his fingers from his royal throne in heaven to reconcile us unto himself, but who came in the form of a man and endured everything that we as humans must face in our lives - rejection, shame, even suffering and death - to restore us to Himself. What a mighty God we serve!

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