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Advent Prophecies - Shepherds Will Worship the Messiah

Did you know that the Psalms were written in the 10th century BC? It is incredible to see how many prophecies were written hundreds of years before Jesus ever arrived. Psalm 72:9 prophesied that desert tribes would bow down before the Messiah and enemies would lick the dust. This prophecy is full of meaning, showing that those who worship Jesus would be both great and small. We see in Luke 2:8 that shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flocks, heard of the Savior, who is Christ the Lord. These men were considered the lowliest in their society. Nomads who wandered in the desert. Often overlooked. Yet God called these shepherds to the manger through a heavenly, military choir singing, “Glory to God in the highest!” They were beckoned to bow before Jesus, thus fulfilling the Psalm 72 prophecy. Have you ever felt overlooked? Unseen? Unimportant? The Gospel levels the playing field for all people. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have done, where you have failed, where you have succeeded. God sent his son Jesus to live the life that none of us can live, die the death we all deserve and raised him from the dead to extend eternal life to all who believe in him. Philippians 2:10-11 reminds us that one day, every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. On this day, everyone, whether they like it or not, will acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus. Whether you struggle with pride or unworthiness, the ground at the foot of the cross is level. Jesus is waiting to heal all of our wounds and iniquities. Bow down before the throne of Jesus and receive his forgiveness. It is the greatest gift anyone could ever receive.

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